Mr Montek Ahluwalia, a member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India, has been appointed Director of the IMF‘s new Independent Evaluation Office (EVO). He will take up his post in August. He will be responsible for establishing the rules and mechanisms by which the EVO will function. NGOs have urged him to consult widely outside the IMF, particularly with civil society groups in countries implementing IMF programmes. NGOs have called for mechanisms to involve stakeholders in setting the Office’s agenda, identifying consultants, and commenting on draft and completed reviews.
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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