The IMF has asked an independent researcher to produce a guidance note for staff on engaging with civil society. The note will try to answer questions such as what is civil society, why and how to engage, and what are the main pitfalls of engagement. There are indications that it will be designed as information and advice for staff rather than formal, binding guidelines. A draft has been circulated and civil society groups can comment until 20 June 2003.
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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).