Susanna Moorehead, former DFID head in India, has been appointed UK executive director (ED) to the World Bank; Alex Gibbs will remain ED to the Fund (formerly the ED covered both the Bank and Fund). Labour MP and member of the International Development Committee (IDC) Hugh Bayley has been elected chair of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank (PNoWB), succeeding US Congresswoman Betty McCollum, who resigned to devote more time to upcoming US elections. More hands on deck are welcome considering DFID’s massive increase in support to the Bank (see Update 59) and weak oversight. The latest example of the latter came in DFID’s response to the critical IDC report on DFID and the World Bank which was described by the Bretton Woods Project as a “sheepish defence”.
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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