The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) has released a draft issues paper for a planned evaluation of the Fund’s role in determining aid resources in sub-Saharan Africa. The evaluation, which should be of keen interest to civil society organisations, will look at the Fund’s: country dialogue, assessment of countries’ ability to absorb aid increases, use of alternative macroeconomic scenarios and advice on managing aid volatility. The desk review will look at the 29 African countries with Poverty Reduction and Growth Facilities programmes, while field visits will be undertaken in six countries. Comments on the draft issues paper may be sent to the IEO.
The IMF’s role in the determination of the external resource envelope in SSA countries, Joanne Salop
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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