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Rio de Janeiro, April 13. After decades of focusing on poverty in the search for ways to fight the enormous rich-poor gap in Brazil, researchers are now turning their gaze towards the wealthy.

On September 21, 2003, the World Bank unveiled its annual flagship publication, the 2004 World Development Report, entitled “Making Services Work for Poor People.” The WDR’s main premise is that basic services — primary education, basic health care, water and electricity services — fail to reach the poor because too many governments lack sound and representative institutions of governance. Ironically, the report expresses strong confidence in the ability of these same unaccountable governments to regulate private service provision.

Sub-Saharan Africa is struggling to redress the extreme poverty plaguing the region, leaving little hope of reaching the millennium development goal (MDG) of halving world poverty by 2015, the South African Press Association reports.

Nancy Alexander

On May 13th, senior officials of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and World Trade Organization (WTO) will meet  in Geneva ostensibly to promote greater “coherence” amongst their policies. There are good reasons to be concerned. Over the past decades, the IMF and the World Bank have systematically  promoted controversial policy reforms in developing countries.

Like every year at the same period of time, the «Committee of the Parents of the Kidnapped and Missing Persons in Lebanon» works on popularizing its action, breaking the isolation to which the authorities try to confine it and bringing its claims to a successful conclusion. This year, due to the war prevailing in Iraq, the committee’s activity is likely to be marginalized and thus needs your active solidarity.

The UN General Assembly (GA) convened this morning and adopted a resolution deciding to convene a High Level Meeting in New York in 2005 as a follow-up to the outcome of the Millennium Summit in 2000.

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