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NYTimes: World Bank Report

This just in from The New York Times:

“A vast majority of the World Bank’s projects to combat AIDS failed to perform satisfactorily over the past decade, with the ones in Africa, the region at the epicenter of the pandemic, registering the worst record, according to a new internal evaluation.

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House of Commons committee hearing on poverty reduction!

On the 28th of April, my second day as an intern for Make Poverty History, I attended a hearing of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) of the House of Commons. The goal of this hearing was to contribute to HUMA's study on the Federal Contribution to Reducing Poverty in Canada. This study will be presented to the government in the fall at which time the committee can ask them to respond to the proposed recommendations within 120 days.

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No pot of gold at the end of the IMF rainbow

Cross posted from UN Dispatch

At this weekend's IMF and World Bank spring meetings, Global ministers warned that the economic crisis risks derailing the MDGs and, in the closing communiqué, "urged donors to accelerate delivery of commitments to increase aid, and for us all to consider going beyond existing commitments."  But, in the end, they did very little to provide immediate relief to the world's poorest.

Reflections on the IMF, World Bank Spring Meetings

On Sunday, we headed to the final portion of the IMF and World Bank Spring meetings. Unlike the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) on Saturday, where little was discussed on what the IMF can do for the poor, yesterday, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund Joint Development Committee gathered to discuss how the global economic crisis is impacting developing countries specifically.

Chandler Smith

World Bank boosting safety net spending

The World Bank has announced that it will triple its social safety net spending. This amounts to 12 billion dollars over the next two years “to help developing nations weather the global financial crisis.”
Excerpts below, full piece here

Chris Scott

Catholic Relief Services and the Pirate Hijacking

Many of you are following news reports of a hijacking that recently occurred aboard the Maersk Alabama off the coast of Somalia. Today comes word that some of the cargo aboard the ship is life-saving food aid en route to Catholic Relief Services programs in Rwanda. According to CRS, this consists of 49 containers holding “860 metric tons of bulgur wheat that are to be used by CRS relief workers for some of the poorest populations in Rwanda.”

Chris Scott