The World Bank has published a new strategy on governance. It recognizes that the Bank’s record is weak in this area and that reforming public institutions is technically and politically complex. The paper outlines the new types of governance work the Bank is engaged in. For example not directly supplying infrastructure or services but “helping build institutions to encourage public and private actors to provide services”. The report proposes new survey techniques and studies, new staff and continued discussions with outsiders.
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In December 2013, the German Development Institute, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Bretton Woods Project, in collaboration with the G-24, hosted a high-level workshop in Berlin to foster an open exchange on the profound changes in the global economy and the implications for global economic governance and its constituent institutions and members.
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.
The Bretton Woods Project is an ActionAid hosted project (UK registered charity no. 274467).