President Paul Wolfowitz named two Europeans to senior posts in early September. Vincenzo La Via, former Italian Treasury official and Banca Intesa executive, was appointed chief financial officer. From 1985 to 1991 he worked at the World Bank, spending a year as advisor to the Italian executive director, and then working as senior investment officer in the treasury department. Lars Thunell, who served as chief executive of Sweden’s SEB banking group, was named the IFC’s executive vice president. Thunell was also recently appointed board member of Statoil, and is a board member of SLA, an international forestry and paper product company.
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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