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Where do the Funds Go?-Julia Norman

To reach the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, it is estimated to be between $40-$60 billion a year in loans from organizations such the World Bank and the IMF. This is not even sufficient funds for countries to be able to reform their policies and improve the goals the country is trying to reach. The World Bank strives to provide loans to countries to improve their standard of living in order to build better capital programs and aims to reduce poverty. Although in theory loans are morally good, there are downfalls to not only the World Bank, but also other loan and money agencies.  Continue reading Where do the Funds Go?-Julia Norman

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Are Members in International Organizations Powerful? – Ilka Vanessa Walker-Vera

During World War I, states created organizations “to promote international cooperation, peace, and security.” International organizations were established to improve communication between states and enter into agreements fairly. States are the main components of international organizations because international organizations are mainly made up of members from different parts of the world looking out for their state’s interests. However, international organizations are bureaucracies that make rules to address current issues concerning international interests. Its decisions and actions reflect both the interests of the members and staff working at the organization. On the other hand, fundamental organizations, such as the World Bank, which manages money from all over the world, are expected to act fairly and justly, pursuing international interests and not solely their states interests.  Continue reading Are Members in International Organizations Powerful? – Ilka Vanessa Walker-Vera

The Interests of the States are the Interests of the Staff–Evelyn Lumish

When I look at the questions posed in regards to the readings on the bureaucratic actions of international organizations (IOs), I find myself facing, as with my previous time, a primarily semantic argument. When one asks question of whether an IO’s decisions reflect the interests of the members, it implies that the interests overlap, or at least that they overlap enough that a single decision can reflect all or even a large fraction of them; at a further stretch, it asks whether individual decisions reflect an interest or interests of individual states or groups of states, so as to have the overall set of decisions be said to reflect the overall interests, with “states” being used in place of “members” as, in this case, they are synonymous. The intent of the question, especially when juxtaposed with the following question, appears to be asking to compare between the binary ideas of the decisions reflecting on one hand members’ interests or on the other hand the staff’s interests. Continue reading The Interests of the States are the Interests of the Staff–Evelyn Lumish