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Global Poverty: Activism


This section provides a selection of activist organizations critical of conventional economic development paradigms and institutions. There are many more working in other sections - see also the problem spaces section of this guide.  

Activist Organizations

Action Africa. Oldest organization in the U.S. working on African affairs. Includes position papers on the World Bank & IMF.

Bank Information Center. Partners with civil society to influence the World Bank and other international financial institutions.

Bretton Woods Project. Works to scrutinize and influence the World Bank and IMF. Monitors on the projects, policy reforms and management of the Bretton Woods institutions.

Focus on the Global South. Combines policy research, advocacy, and grassroots capacity building to generate critical analysis and encourage debates on national and international policies.

Global Justice Now. UK based NGO focusing on world poverty and a wide range of development topics - climate change, debt relief, World Bank & IMF reform, etc. 

International Accountability Project. Public interest organization offering legal support to people seeking to hold international financial institutions (IFIs) accountable.

International Forum on Globalization. Alliance of activists, scholars, economists, researchers and writers formed to stimulate new thinking in response to globalization.

North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA).  Independent, nonprofit organization working towards a world in which the nations and peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean are free from oppression and injustice.

Oakland Institute.  Works in the areas of land rights, climate change, sustainable food systems, international aid, foreign investment and more.

One Campaign. International non-profit organization which aims to increase effectiveness of international aid programs.

Third World Network. Non-profit international network of organizations involved in issues relating to development, the Third World and North-South issues.

Activist Books

This is a small bibliography of books critical of international financial regimes and development. The Library has many similar titles. Use Oskicat to search for topics like "globalization economic aspects;" or keywords like "underdevelopment" or "neoliberal." 

Carroll, Toby. Delusions of Development: the World Bank and the Post-Washington Consensus in Southeast Asia. New York. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Furia, Annalisa. The Foreign Aid Regime : Gift-Giving, States and Global Dis/order.[Basingstoke] : Palgrave Pivot, 2015.

Hancock, Graham.  Lords of Poverty: the Free-Wheeling Lifestyles, Power, Prestige and Corruption of the multi-billion Dollar Aid Business. London : Macmillan London, 1989.

Hickel, Jason.  The Divide: Global Inequality from Conquest to Free Markets. New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2018.

Karim, Labia.  Microfinance and its Discontents : Women in Debt in Bangladesh.Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2011.

Masonne, Corinne L. Manufacturing urgency : the development industry and violence against women ​​​​​. Regina, Saskatchewan: University of Regina Press, 2017.

Peet, Richard.  Unholy Trinity: the IMF, World Bank and WTO. 2nd ed. London.  New York : Zed Books , 2009.

Rich, Bruce.  Foreclosing the Future: the World Bank and the Politics of Environmental Destruction. Washington, DC : Island Press, 2013.

Rodney, Walter.  How Europe Underdeveloped Africa. Washington, D.C. : Howard University Press, 1981

Rowden, Rick. The Deadly Ideas of Neoliberalism: how the IMF has undermined public health and the fight against AIDS.  London ; New York : Zed Books, 2009.

Sinclair, Hugh.  Confessions of a Microfinance Heretic: How Microlending Lost Its Way and Betrayed the Poor. San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2012.

Stiglitz, Joseph. Globalization and its Discontents. New York: W.W. Norton, 2002.

Stiglitz, Joseph. Globalization and its discontents revisited : anti-globalization in the era of Trump. New York : W.W. Norton, 2018.

Toussaint, Eric. Bank of the South: an Alternate to IMF-World Bank. Mumbai : Vikas Adhyayan Kendra, 2007.