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What really happens when the World Bank imposes its policies on a country? This is an insider's view of one aid-made crisis. Peter Griffiths was at the interface between government and the Bank. In this ruthlessly honest, day by day account of a mission he undertook in Sierra Leone, he uses his diary to tell the story of how the World Bank, obsessed with the free market, imposed a secret agreement on the government, banning all government food imports or subsidies. The collapsing economy meant that the private sector would not import. Famine loomed. No ministry, no state marketing organization, no aid organization could reverse the agreement. It had to be a top-level government decision, whether Sierra Leone could afford to annoy minor World Bank officials. This is a rare and important portrait of the aid world which insiders will recognize, but of which the general public seldom get a glimpse.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842771853
ISBN-10: 184277185X
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 138mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Peter Griffiths

Peter Griffiths is an independent economist and consultant. This book is being published under a pseudonym since its subject matter relates to a mission which he undertook for the World Bank.