In This Review

The Lending Policy of the World Bank in the 1970s
The Lending Policy of the World Bank in the 1970s
By Bettina S. Hürni
Westview Press, 1980, 170 pp
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The World Bank and the Poor
The World Bank and the Poor
By Aart van de Laar
Nijhoff, 1980, 269 pp
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When the World Bank decided to concern itself in a major way with poverty, education and rural life, it exposed itself to a large number of criticisms. Quite a few of them are taken up in these two interesting investigations which try to check claims and aims against results. Miss Hürni, a Swiss, is a good deal more satisfied with the Bank's performance than is Mr. van de Laar, a Hollander who used to work there. He thinks too little has been done for the poorest people and poorest countries and wants more developing-country influence in the Bank, more publicity and less Bank influence on the whole process of development finance.