Oct 31, 2014

UN Poverty Expert Calls Out World Bank

In a recent speech at the World Bank, entitled “Rethinking the World Bank’s Approach to Human Rights,” Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, described how the World Bank “stands almost alone…in insisting that human rights are mere matters of politics, rather than an integral part of the international legal order.” Alston argues that “the anti-poverty and human rights agendas must complement one another” and “neither the Bank nor any other development actor in the twenty-first century can afford to neglect that complementarity.” Read the full speech here.