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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.

Land Unchained?

Shifting land registries onto blockchain is a part of the broader move to "unlock the economic potential of land" in order to put more land and natural resources into exploitation by private interests.

World Bank Must Permanently End Ideologically Driven Doing Business Rankings

The world needs development policies that serve people and planet first, not policies that focus on economic growth at all costs.

By Andy Currier

World Bank Suspends Doing Business Report

On August 27, the World Bank announced it will "pause" the Doing Business Report (DBR) after a number of "irregularities" were found regarding data used in the 2018 and 2020 reports. This suspension, which could spell the end to nearly twenty years of the DBR, is good news for the people, the climate, and the planet.