A new IMF working paper on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), calls the agreement “visionary”. The paper urges “the active selling of reforms”, saying that “efforts underway to establish national and regional communication centers are steps in the right direction.” The Fund’s response to NEPAD includes the HIPC debt-relief initiative, increasing work on transparency/accountability and intensified support for capacity building – highlighting the opening of the African Regional Technical Assistance Centre in Dar es Salaam. For their part, African governments will need to “use PRSPs to translate NEPAD’s framework into operational blueprints.”
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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