Blattman repeats arguments repeatedly used by the IMF since the early 1980s, when structural adjustment policies were promoted by both the IMF and The World Bank, usually working in tandem. Many evaluations have been undertaken on the disastrous long term effects, especially on people and vulnerable groups like children and the disadvantaged. UNDP's Human Development Report put it succinctly: it is illogical to think of balancing an economy by unbalancing people's lives. Ebola shows how the whole world is threatened and pays the costs and consequences for such narrow and short- sighted thinking.
Prof Sir Richard Jolly
Institute of Development Studies
University of Sussex