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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Julio Godoy

PARIS, Jun 17 (IPS) -- A focus on the Millennium Development Goals can be counterproductive, a senior World Bank economist told IPS in an interview last Thursday.

One fourth of the British households are poor and the north-south divide is getting wider, claim British researchers.

Stefania Bianchi

BRUSSELS, Jul 1 (IPS) - The European Union development policy is ”inadequately geared” towards the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, according to a new report released Thursday.

The The EU’s contribution to the Millennium Development Goals, special focus: HIV/AIDS, a report by Alliance2015 was launched at a press conference in Brussels on July 1, 2004.

Genaro C. Armas

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (AP)- The number of Americans living in poverty and without health insurance rose for the third straight year in 2003, the Census Bureau reported Thursday in a pair of reports that delivered a double dose of bad economic news for the Bush administration.

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