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- Structural adjustment
- What Is the World Bank?
- The Successes and Failures of the World Bank on Global Poverty
Their mandates, focus and programmes have evolved greatly over time, as seen, for example, by the shift of their pivotal role as designers of the fixed exchange rate regime created by the Bretton Woods System, to their active promotion of a fluctuating exchange rate system after its collapse in While the establishment of the Bank and Fund was presented as an apolitical effort to rebuild the world economy in the aftermath of WWII, some interpretations also view them as an effort to defend or expand the reach of western capitalism in the face of a potential challenge from the Soviet Union, and to promote US interests in particular. As many authors have argued — including, for example, by demonstrating the links between the decimation of African health systems by SAPS and the response to the Ebola crisis see Observer Winter — the devastating impacts of SAPs have been enduring and persist to this day. This debate has regained momentum in the decade since the global financial crisis, where the rise of China, often presented as the coming of a more multipolar world, is seen by some as a challenge to the perceived hegemony of the BWIs. However, others have noted that this analytical framework is flawed , as the private interests promoted by the Bank and Fund cannot always be understood in this light and there is a high degree of cooperation between the Bank and Fund and other multilateral institutions, including those established by China and other developing countries.
Structural adjustment, as measured by the number of adjustment loans from the IMF and World Bank, reduces the growth elasticity of poverty reduction. Growth does reduce poverty, but I find no evidence for a direct effect of structural adjustment on growth. Instead, the poor benefit less from output expansion in countries with many adjustment loans than in countries with few adjustment loans. By the same token, the poor suffer less from an output contraction in countries with many adjustment loans than in countries with few adjustment loans. Higher adjustment lending seems to act in a way similar to higher inequality in lowering the stake of the poor in aggregate growth. Why would this be?
What Is the World Bank?
The two Bretton Woods Institutions require borrowing countries to implement certain policies in order to obtain new loans or to lower interest rates on existing ones. These policies were typically centered around increased privatization , liberalizing trade and foreign investment, and balancing government deficit. SAPs are created with the stated goal of reducing the borrowing country's fiscal imbalances in the short and medium term or in order to adjust the economy to long-term growth. The liberalization of trade , privatization , and the reduction of barriers to foreign capital would allow for increased investment, production, and trade, boosting the recipient country's economy. Since the late s, some proponents of structural adjustments also called structural reform ,  such as the World Bank, have spoken of " poverty reduction " as a goal.
The Successes and Failures of the World Bank on Global Poverty
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Initially created to assist the redevelopment of war torn Europe, the World Bank has evolved to a global institution concerned with both the enhancement of liberal trade policies across the planet, but also with the reduction of poverty through assisted development. The main accusations Rich points out are the lack of efficiency in promoting global development as well as diminishing the poverty phenomenon at the planetary level Danaher,
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