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The World Bank suddenly discovers 400 more million poverty-ridden people

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The World Bank suddenly discovers 400 more million poverty-ridden people

by Damien Millet and Éric Toussaint


Global Research <http://www.globalresearch.ca>, September 15, 2008 
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=10225


The World Bank recently acknowledged significant mistakes in its figures 
concerning poverty in the world. Indeed, while “the WB's estimates of 
poverty are improved thanks to more reliable data on the cost of 
living”, the outcome is a head-on questioning of statistics produced by 
this institution, which has been facing a serious legitimacy crisis for 
several years: all at once the WB has just found out that 400 million 
more people live in poverty than earlier thought. In other words more 
than half of the sub-Saharan population!

This reflects the lack of reliability of statistics published by the WB 
and shows that their main objective is to back up the neoliberal 
policies imposed by its own experts the world over. As can be read in 
its press release,[1] 1.4 billion people in the developing world (one in 
four) were living on less than US$ 1.25 a day in 2005, while previous 
estimates were around 1 billion. Yet the WB still finds grounds for 
rejoicing, since what matters in its eyes is not the number but the 
proportion of poor people. Why is this? Because with a rampant world 
demography, the latter figure can more easily suggest improvement: if 
for instance the number of poor people does not increase, the proportion 
will automatically fall with the passing years.[2]

This is why the Millennium Development goal is to reduce by half the 
proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day between 1990 and 
2015. But given the WB's huge mistakes in its accounts, the set of 
current international policies against poverty collapses. Structural 
adjustment policies (reducing social budgets, cutting costs in the field 
of health and education, an agriculture geared to export with consequent 
reduction of staple food crop cultivation, relinquishing food 
sovereignty, etc.) that have been enforced by the IMF and the WB since 
the early 1980s have seriously worsened living conditions for hundreds 
of millions of people throughout the world.

There has been a lot of criticism of the WB in this respect since Thomas 
Pogge, professor at Columbia University, wrote recently: The World 
Bank's accounting policies are most questionable. We have good reason to 
think that with a more credible method we would observe a more negative 
trend and more widespread poverty. […] As long as the WB's current 
method and the data it produces are used by international organisations 
and university research on poverty, the problem cannot really be 
considered seriously.[3]

The WB has exposed its weakness both statistically and politically. More 
than ever our objective must be threefold: turning away from the logic 
of structural adjustment, doing away with the WB, and developing a new 
international institutional architecture.

Damien Millet, spokesman for CADTM France (Committee for the 
Cancellation of Third World Debt, www.cadtm.org), author of L’Afrique 
sans dette, CADTM/Syllepse, 2005.

/Eric Toussaint, President of CADTM Belgium, author of Banque du Sud et 
nouvelle crise internationale, CADTM/Syllepse, 2008./

/Article in french: 
//http://www.mondialisation.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=10154/ 
<http://www.mondialisation.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=10154>/ /

Translated by Christine Pagnoulle in collaboration with Judith Harris

[1] See http://go.worldbank.org/C9GR27WRJ0
[2] See Thomas Pogge 
www.etikk.no/globaljustice/oslo_Global_Justice_mainlecture.doc 
<http://www.etikk.no/globaljustice/oslo_Global_Justice_mainlecture.doc>
[3] www.cadtm.org/spip.php?article3282 
<http://www.cadtm.org/spip.php?article3282>

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