A new initiative from US NGO Bank Information Center will provide information on the appointments made by president Wolfowitz, as well as his speeches and travel schedule. Bank watchers believe that, rather than asserting his authority over the institution in head-on John Bolton style, Wolfowitz will signal his intentions through the people he places in key positions of influence. Such appointments already include Kevin Kellims, former spokesperson for US vice-president Dick Cheney, as senior advisor; and Robin Cleveland, formerly in the office of the president of the United States, as counsellor.
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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