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In late April, the World Bank announced several methodological changes that will appear in the 2015 Doing Business Report (DBR). This report, which is due to be released in October, will include the first round of changes after the Independent Panel Review ...

World Bank ‘s investment ratings still at odds with human rights and poverty reduction


28 May 2014 14:51:13

This article is a reproduction from By Sharan Burrow Every year the World Bank issues its Doing Business Report, which contains a ranking of each country’s business environment. In 2012, the President of the World Bank, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, appointed an Independent Panel of experts to review the report. The panel, chaired by South Africa’s Minister of Planning Mr. Trevor Manuel, appeared to be an opportunity to change the report for the better. The Panel, indeed, came up with substantive recommendations for an overhaul of the Doing Business. But most of them have been ignored. Those who understand the power of this report and its associated rankings to drive governments and give them the cover to put the interest of private companies ahead of the rights of working people ...