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Accountability

Background

Iraq and Afghanistan update

10 September 2003

The World Bank relocated Iraq-based staff to Amman after one member died in the bomb attack against the UN headquarters late August, and the IMF also temporarily halted work. However the Bank hopes to complete its needs assessment in time for a donor meeting on reconstruction in late October (see Update 35). The Bank has started looking at options for privatisation of state-owned enterprises, cost-recovery in the water sector and trade liberalisation. In practice aid from donors could be coordinated via a joint trust fund, as in other countries in transition from open conflict. For example the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), which channels donor support and is administered by the World Bank, provides wide support, from government salaries and other recurrent expenses to targeted projects to rebuild infrastructure. Prominent commentators are concerned that this gives the Bank “a source of substantial leverage over a resource-starved state”.

In September an IMF mission conducted an Article IV consultation aimed at assessing Afghanistan’s economy. A report should be presented at the Annual Meetings of the IMF and the Bank. The IMF says it has provided “extensive policy advice” and technical assistance to Afghanistan authorities since January 2002: “the technical assistance has focused on fiscal, monetary, and statistical areas with an emphasis on capacity building in the Ministry of Finance, Da Afghanistan Bank, and the Central Statistical Office.”

More background on this issue

IFI governance

Background

10 October 2014

From interim strategy to full country partnership: lessons from Myanmar

Notes of a meeting on Myanmar's transition to full country partnership at the World Bank/IMF annual meetings 2014

IFI governance

Background

9 October 2014

Matching money and expertise: ensuring conflict sensitivity is top of the agenda for the bank's fragile state financing

Notes of a meeting on matching money and expertise at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

Accountability

Background

11 April 2014

Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) and dispute resolution process

Land

Background

15 August 2012

Notes of meeting between UK Executive Director to World Bank Susanna Moorehead and UK civil society

Civil society organisations met UK Executive Director to the World Bank Susanna Moorehead and staff from the Department for International Development to discuss IDA, education finance, infrastructure finance, fragile states, agriculture and land, Doing Business rankings, Oyu Tolgoi project in Mongolia.

IFI governance

Background

23 April 2012

EIR + 10

Minutes of afternoon sessions of extractives conference, Washington DC, 23 April 2012

IFI governance

Background

15 September 2011

Notes of meeting between UK Executive Director to World Bank and Civil Society Groups

Civil society organisations met UK Executive Director to the World Bank and staff from the Department for International Development to discuss water, the Bank's private sector approach, health and nutrition, safeguards review and energy strategy.

IFI governance

Background

14 April 2011

Notes of meeting between UK Executive Director to World Bank and Civil Society Groups

Civil society organisations met UK Executive Director to the World Bank and staff from the Department for International Development to discuss the World Development Report on conflict, security and development; the spring meetings and food security; the World Bank's energy strategy and performance in the health sector.

Environment

Background

13 April 2008

Dialogue with NGOs and Lars Thunell, Executive Vice President and CEO, IFC

Dialogue with NGOs and Lars Thunell, Executive Vice President and CEO, IFC

IFI governance

Background

11 April 2008

Briefing on the World Bank's Six Strategic Themes

Minutes of a briefing by World Bank staff on the WBG's six strategic themese

IFI governance

Background

22 February 2008

BWI-UK / UKAN workshop on World Bank strategic review

Highlights of a 13 February 2008 UK NGO workshop discussing elements of the World Bank's long-term strategic review.

Accountability

Background

23 October 2007

IFIs in post-conflict countries: role, activities and impacts

Highlights of a 22 October discussion on IFIs in post-conflict countries at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2007.

Rights

Background

17 April 2007

Chad-Cameroon pipeline: implementation, challenges and lessons learned

Minutes of meeting on the Chad-Cameroon pipeline

Environment

Background

16 April 2007

The World Bank and climate change

Minutes of meeting on climate contradictions at the World Bank spring meetings April 2007.

Environment

Background

2 April 2007

Iraq: staffer shot, oil deal continues

In February Iraq's cabinet approved the IMF supported draft oil law

Environment

Background

18 December 2006

Highlights of meeting with Tom Scholar and UK NGOs

Highlights of meeting between Tom Scholar and UK NGOs, December 2006

Accountability

Background

21 April 2006

Highlights of UK NGO meeting with Secretary of State for International Development, Hilary Benn

Highlights of meeting between UK NGOs and Secretary of State for International Development, 18 April 2006

IFI governance

Background

5 October 2005

Highlights of meeting with UK Secretary of State for International Development, Hilary Benn

Highlights of meeting with UK Secretary of State for International Development, Hilary Benn

Accountability

Background

5 October 2005

Highlights of meeting with UK ED to WB/IMF, Tom Scholar

Highlights of meeting with UK NGOs and UK executive director to the World Bank and IMF, Tom Scholar

Accountability

Background

30 September 2005

EIR implementation meeting

brief summary of issues discussed at the meeting between IFC representatives and CSOs on the World Bank's implementation of the management response to the EIR

Accountability

Background

27 September 2005

CSO meeting with acting IFC director, Assad Jabre

Brief summary of meeting between CSOs and the IFC acting president and other staff

Accountability

Background

26 September 2005

Town hall meeting with civil society organisations

highlights of the meeting

Accountability

Background

25 September 2005

Reform agenda in the post-war reconstruction of Iraq

Highlights of seminar: the reform agenda in the post-war reconstruction of Iraq

Accountability

Background

12 September 2005

Dam review 5 years on: lessons not learned

Brief update of some of the key concerns and projects in relation to Bank-funded hydropower five years on from the WCD and the Bank's failure to adopt many of the WCD recommendations

IFI governance

Background

12 September 2005

World Bank support for extractives: complicity in human rights violations

Refers to the Bank's failure to adequately and explicitly address human rights in its policies, as well as the causality between Bank supported extractive projects and the exacerbation of conflict. Looks at case studies from Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala and Chad and Camerooon.

Accountability

Background

12 September 2005

Pick and choose:Bank on extractive recommendations

Summary and highlights of IFC's response to civil society regarding the implementation of the World Bank Group's own recommendations of the Extractive Industry Review (EIR)

Accountability

Background

4 October 2004

Gender in post-conflict reconstruction: The World Bank track record

A panel discussion on the World Bank's gender work on conflict prevention and reconstruction

Accountability

Background

12 September 2003

The World Bank and conflict

Given the recent discussion on the potential roles for multilateral agencies in Iraq, how does the World Bank operate in post-conflict situations?

Accountability

Background

10 September 2003

Iraq and Afghanistan update

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IFI governance

Background

From interim strategy to full country partnership: lessons from Myanmar

Notes of a meeting on Myanmar's transition to full country partnership at the World Bank/IMF annual meetings 2014

10 October 2014

IFI governance

Background

Matching money and expertise: ensuring conflict sensitivity is top of the agenda for the bank's fragile state financing

Notes of a meeting on matching money and expertise at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

9 October 2014
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Accountability

Analysis

Conflict-affected states, IFC’s final frontier

The IFC is set to expand operations in fragile and conflict-affected states such as Burma, despite indications that systemic problems identified in Honduras persist.

29 September 2014

Accountability

Background

Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) and dispute resolution process

Meg Taylor, CAO We have recently reviewed our operational guidelines and wanted to introduce more…

11 April 2014

Conditionality

News

IMF embroiled in Ukraine crisis

Ukraine’s interim government concluded negotiations in late March for an IMF loan, likely to carry wide-ranging conditionality.

31 March 2014
Security forces escorting a NEA team to the Thulitaar village area for work related to the Khimti-Dhalkebar transmission line in January. Photo: Gokul Bhujel, LAHURNIP

Infrastructure

Commentary

Disempowered development

World Bank support for a Nepal power line has been criticised for violating indigenous peoples’ rights and the use of armed forces, yet an Inspection Panel investigation has been delayed.

31 March 2014
Human rights delegation to Bajo Aguan in 2009 (credit Flickr user hondurasdelegation)

Rights

Commentary

CSO response to the CAO investigation into IFC investment in Corporación Dinant, Honduras

An international statement, signed by 70 organisations, in response to the publication in mid January of a CAO audit and the IFC response and action plan related to IFC investment in Corporación Dinant, Honduras.

16 January 2014

Finance

Analysis

The IFIs in 2013: year in review

The Bretton Woods Project review of the most important developments at the World Bank and IMF in 2013.

8 January 2014
Oxfam International

Accountability

Analysis

A fragile solution: World Bank’s new approach to fragile and conflict affected states

World Bank launches a new approach to fragile states, accompanied by resources, including IFC investment but it remains unclear what role it will play in implementing the reforms.

3 December 2013

Finance

Analysis

First ever real-terms drop in IDA agreed

As the negotiations on the 17th replenishment of the World Bank's International Development Association (IDA) pass the half way mark, a real-terms drop in IDA and stingier terms for borrowers have been agreed. The discussion has focussed largely on the private sector and fragile states.

18 September 2013