Activists, academics and civil society met in Accra 12-14 May for a conference entitled “Corporate Globalisation & the Scramble for Africa’s Water: scrutinising the roles of Bretton Woods Institutions & donor community”. Organised by Ghanaian NGO ISODEC, the forum examined country experiences in Ghana, Nicaragua, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Bolivia, Senegal, South Africa, Brazil, the Philippines, Indonesia as well as the UK, Canada, and the US. Discussion focused on the ways in which the IFIs compel privatisation and provided a forum for discussing an alternative water vision.
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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).