The agenda for next year’s UN Conference on Finance For Development will cover 6 broad themes. These are: mobilising domestic financial resources for development; mobilising international resources for development: foreign direct investment and other private flows; trade; international financial cooperation for development, debt; and the overall coherence of the international monetary, financial and trading systems in support of development. No date or venue for the conference has been confirmed although it will take place before July 2001.
After 4 years of on-off negotiation and public opposition, the government of Egypt has signed a loan deal with the IMF whose impacts civil society fears will encroach upon human rights, social protection and social provision, like health and education, upon which the poorest depend.
Investments by the World Bank-hosted Global Financing Facility (GFF) do not reflect the family planning priorities identified by developing countries and local communities. The GFF also continues to suffer from a lack of transparency and meaningful civil society participation, raising doubts about the new mechanism’s effectiveness.
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