The World Bank’s 2005 Africa Action Plan (AAP) is up for review and the Bank is rolling out consultations. Phase one consultations will extend through June, and will take place in a number of cities in Africa. A draft strategy will be unveiled in August with phase two consultations extending through October. The AAP consultation note argues that “Africa’s fundamental problem [is] weak governance and public-sector capacity,” but makes no reference to the contributions many have argued the IFIs made to this through their structural adjustment programmes of the 1980s and 1990s (see Update 62).
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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).