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[afro-nets] Pesticide use for Malaria Control in Africa (21)

  • From: Kris Dev <krisdev@gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2005 09:32:25 +0530

Pesticide use for Malaria Control in Africa (21)

Craig and Peter,

An article and excerpts, I thought may interest you both.

Kris Dev

IMF Policies Thwart Poverty Goals - Report

By Jim Lobe

* WASHINGTON, Sep 19 (IPS) - If U.S. President George W. Bush is
serious about his enthusiastic embrace last week at the United
Nations of democracy and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
to slash global poverty, he will press his treasury secretary
and other members of the governing board of the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) meeting here this week to stop imposing
strict spending limits on poor-country governments.

Meanwhile, the fact that the elected governments were effec-
tively boxed in by the IMF is doing nothing to promote confi-
dence in democratic institutions throughout the developing
world, according to the AAI.

"What this all comes down to is that the IMF acts like a school
bully, taking power away from publicly elected officials, par-
ticularly in the poorest and weakest countries," said David
Archer, the group's director for education. "This is not a rec-
ipe for working democracy; instead, it could spell democracy's
death knell." (END/2005).