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”.
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New Bretton Woods Project report reveals World Bank Group channelling crucial development resources to banks instead of directly investing in pro-poor projects.
In December 2013, the German Development Institute, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Bretton Woods Project, in collaboration with the G-24, hosted a high-level workshop in Berlin to foster an open exchange on the profound changes in the global economy and the implications for global economic governance and its constituent institutions and members.
The Bretton Woods Project is an ActionAid hosted project (UK registered charity no. 274467).