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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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.
Last year BRICS' leaders agreed to launch a BRICS development bank. Whether this is considered positive depends in part what questions are being asked. Sameer Dossani of ActionAid International highlights the flaws in the World Bank and IMF, analyses whether a BRICS Bank could be different from these institutions and proposes what it should do and what it should look like.
The Bretton Woods Project is an ActionAid hosted project (UK registered charity no. 274467).