The IMF‘s Independent Evaluation Office has completed its first study. It looks at “prolonged use of IMF resources” in countries such as Pakistan, Senegal and the Philippines. Two further studies on fiscal adjustment in IMF-supported programmes and the role of the IMF in recent capital account crises (Brazil, Korea, Indonesia) will be available by Spring 2003. There are concerns that the IEO is adopting a technocratic approach, rather than including views of a broad range of stakeholders. These studies will raise questions but not make recommendations to avoid treading on the IMF Board of Directors’ toes.
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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