The Inspection Panel has closed applications for a new Panel member to replace Tongroj Onchan. An NGO letter had expressed concerns about the conflict of interest posed by the inclusion of Bank staff on the selection committee, and the failure to involve civil society in the process. The Bank responded by removing Pamela Cox from the selection committee as projects in her region (Latin America and the Caribbean) are the subject of Panel complaints. The Bank rejected the argument that having any Bank staff on the selection committee represented a conflict of interest, and claimed that involving civil society would present “practical difficulties of selecting them”.
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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