Clare Short, UK Secretary of State for International Development, has called in parliament for the reform of the IMF‘s ESAF loans to make them pro-poor. Commenting on the HIPC debt Initiative discussions, she said that it was important that efforts to link HIPC to poverty reduction were complemented by reforms in ESAF programmes to ensure they too supported poverty reduction. UK NGOs are discussing how to take this forward.
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Last year BRICS' leaders agreed to launch a BRICS development bank. Whether this is considered positive depends in part what questions are being asked. Sameer Dossani of ActionAid International highlights the flaws in the World Bank and IMF, analyses whether a BRICS Bank could be different from these institutions and proposes what it should do and what it should look like.
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