Oxfam comments on the World Bank's draft of the 2019 World Development Report

Publication date: 19 June 2018

Considering the influence of the World Bank at a global scale and the importance that governments, donors, and private sector actors, among others, attach to knowledge coming out of the World Bank, the Bank has a unique responsibility to promote messages that are coherent with internationally agreed norms and standards, support the fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals, and importantly align with the Bank’s own twin goals.

This current draft has some very interesting ideas, but it also contains some dangerous proposals and assumptions which, in Oxfam's view, might compromise the Banks’ mission of eradicating poverty and achieving shared prosperity.