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Be Ready to Further Corporate Exploitation - World Bank Resuscitates Defunct Doing Business Project

World Bank's latest Business Ready or B-Ready project, announced on May 1, 2023, resuscitates the defunct Doing Business Report (DBR). Since its creation two decades ago, the DBR has been used to drive policy and regulatory changes that favor businesses and corporations at the expense of the people and the planet.

Europe’s Breadbasket and the Shock Doctrine

Will ballooning wartime debt allow agribusiness to make a feast of Ukrainian agriculture?

Amidst Chaos of War, A New Report Exposes the Stealth Take-over of Ukrainian Agricultural Land

One year into the war, a new report reveals how oligarchs and financial interests are expanding control over Ukraine's agricultural land

The End of World Bank's "Doing Business Report": A Landmark Victory for People & Planet

The September 16, 2021 announcement from the World Bank that it had discontinued publication of the Doing Business Report (DBR) marked a major victory for people and planet.

A Landmark Victory: World Bank Finally Ends Its Destructive and Corrupt Doing Business Report

The World Bank will cease publication of the Doing Business Report, after revelations of data manipulation shattering trust in the rankings.

Ceasing Publication of the Doing Business Report

We write as concerned members of the civil society organisations, academia and trade unions to call upon the World Bank's board of executive directors to end the publication of the World Bank's Doing Business Report.

Why Governments should Reject Land Commodification Efforts Orchestrated by the World Bank and the United States

The development narrative continues to be revived despite its role in driving the current crisis and the millions of livelihoods it has destroyed through displacement and dispossession. The interests of the United States, with its inordinate financial and political power over institutions like the World Bank and the IMF, play a prominent role.

Is Development for the World Bank Mainly Doing Business?

SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 10 2020 (IPS) - The World Bank has finally given up defending its controversial, but influential Doing Business Report (DBR). In August, the Bank “paused” publication of the DBR due to a “number of irregularities” after its much criticized ranking system was exposed as fraudulent.

Think Tank Decries Global Push to Privatise Land

By P.K. Balachandran

One of the ugliest features of the modern world is the exploitation of natural resources for private gain, irrespective of its consequences for the environment and the larger community, especially the poor majority.

Webinar Video: Driving Dispossession

Driving Dispossession: The Global Push to “Unlock the Economic Potential of Land” is a new report from the Oakland Institute that sounds the alarm on the unprecedented wave of land privatization that is underway around the world.