IFI governance

Background

The UK’s role in the World Bank and IMF

Department for International Development and HM Treasury

13 March 2013

The UK’s policy lines on World Bank and IMF issues are formally decided by the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Treasury, respectively. Within DFID, the International Financial Institutions department (IFID) leads in devising the organisation’s position on these institutions (see below). In the Treasury, the International Finance department is responsible for preparing advice on the policy issues and specific country programmes brought before the Board of Directors in Washington.

The top UK representatives at the IMF and World Bank are the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, and Secretary of State for international development, Rt Hon Priti Patel MP. They are known as UK governors to the Fund and Bank, sitting on the ministerial committees which meet in Washington twice a year to decide on overall strategic direction for the institutions. The UK is the fourth-largest shareholder in both the World Bank and the IMF, holding 4.3 percent and 4.8 percent of votes, respectively. For comparison the US is by far the largest shareholder with 16.4 percent and 16.85 percent vote shares, respectively. Following completion of the latest round of funding for the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), the UK will be the single largest donor to the World Bank.

The executive directors and the UK delegation to the Bank and Fund

On a day-to-day basis the governors delegate power to executive directors (ED), civil servants seconded to Washington for two or three years who serve on the boards of both the Bank and Fund. Before 2008, there was a single post which covered both institutions, most recently held by Alex Gibbs. Since September 2008, there are separate posts for the two institutions (as is the practice with all other countries except for France which also has a single post for both institutions). The post of UK ED to the World Bank is currently held by Melanie Robinson while Steve Field is ED to the IMF. In other countries separate EDs to the Bank and Fund may be political appointees. The UK executive directors hold regular meetings with NGOs in the UK in advance of the spring and autumn meetings of the Bank and Fund.

The EDs head the UK delegations to the Bank and Fund (UKDels), based in offices in the Bank and Fund HQ respectively. The ED for the IMF is supported by an alternate ED from the Bank of England (Victoria White), three UK Advisers and one locally hired assistant. The ED for the Bank is supported by an alternate from the UK Treasury (David Stephen Kinder), three UK advisers and two locally hired assistants. To help ensure coherence and coordination in UK positions, the six advisers cover the same country issues across both the Bank and Fund. Either the EDs, their alternates or advisers represent the UK in the regular meetings of the World Bank and IMF boards and their sub committees.

The policy lines taken at Bank and Fund board meetings are formally decided in London by the Treasury or DFID which then instruct the UK Delegation. Since the boards operate on the principle of consensus, there is no official record kept of the positions taken by EDs and no way for citizens to hold their representatives accountable. Limited information is given on the positions taken by the UK ED in the annual reports to Parliament, The UK and the IMF for the Treasury Select Committee, and the UK in the World Bank for the International Development Committee.

World Bank policy – DFID policy lead

DFID’s International Finance division is headed by Shaila Khan. The division has three departments, but for World Bank policy the most important is the International Financial Institutions Department (IFID) which is headed by Richard Teuten. IFID seeks analytical support from country offices or policy division teams (such as the climate and environment group, education for all or extractive industries teams). Out of total DFID spending of £4.6 billion in 2005-6, just over 10 per cent was spent directly on the IFIs. An unspecified additional amount is spent on country-level work, policy programmes and technical cooperation conducted jointly with the BWIs. (see below for a breakdown of IFID staff and their roles).

The other two departments within International Finance are the Private Sector Department, without a permanent head currently, and the Global Funds Department headed by Simon Bland.

IFID covers:

  • World Bank (IDA and IBRD)
  • African Development Bank
  • Asian Development Bank
  • Caribbean Development Bank
  • InterAmerican Development Bank
  • Debt
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • Conditionality as it relates to the World Bank, IMF; and
  • Regional Development Banks and debt.

PSD covers, among other elements of private sector finance:

  • The World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • The World Bank’s Multilateral Guarantee Agency (MIGA)
  • International private sector infrastructure; and
  • Commonwealth Development Corporation

GFD covers the financing, administration and corporate governance of:

  • Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM)
  • Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI)
  • International Drug Purchasing Facility (UNITAID)
  • Education for All Fast Track Initiative (FTI)
  • International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm)

IMF policy – HM Treasury lead

Within the Treasury, the International and EU (IF) directorate holds ultimate responsibility for all international issues. On international finance it has headed by Shona Riach since early 2012. Within the directorate, the Global Economics, Coordination and Strategy team is responsible for preparing advice on a range of international economic policy issues and institutions – a merging of the previous global economic team with the G20/G8 strategy and coordination team. . The team is headed by Vanessa MacDougall. Within the Global Economics team sits the IMF team, which is responsible for policy and programme issues brought before the board of the IMF. It is currently headed by David Kinder.

Parliamentary oversight

Parliamentary oversight of the UK’s role in the BWIs is provided ad-hoc through parliamentary questions, and more formally through select committees which oversee both DFID and/or the Treasury. A select committee inquiry may last for several months and give rise to a report to the House; other inquiries may simply consist of a single day’s oral evidence which the Committee may publish without making a report. Evidence from non-UK civil society sources is now actively encouraged by the development committee for their hearings held each November. The political make-up of the committees roughly reflects the strength of the various parties in the House.

The International Development Select Committee (IDSC), chaired by Liberal Democrat MP Malcolm Bruce, holds hearings on a range of development issues, as well as an annual hearing on the outcomes of the autumn meetings of the WB and IMF. The Committee usually calls on the Secretary of State for International Development to give evidence, and in recent years has allowed NGOs to do the same. Many civil society organisations have contributed written evidence over the last several years.

The Treasury Select Committee analyses UK policy in the Fund, holding evidence sessions in the past with the IMF’s managing director, the UK ED and NGOs. Since 2001 it had requested the Treasury to produce an annual report, but it is unknown whether the Treasury will continue to do so under the new coalition government that took over in Spring 2010. The Treasury Committee is chaired by Andrew Tyrie MP, Conservative. In 2006 it completed a report, Globalisation: the role of the IMF, for which the Bretton Woods Project gave written evidence. In 2009 the Project also gave oral and written evidence on an inquiry into the international dimensions of the banking crisis.

The UK and the World Bank-administered Climate Investment Funds

The UK is a key player in the Climate Investment Funds, which are administered by the World Bank. These funds, which currently consist of the Clean Technology Fund and the Strategic Climate Fund (Pilot Program for Climate Resilience, Forest Investment Program and Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program in Low Income Countries) were launched at the G8 in July 2008 (see Update 61, CIFs Monitor). So far, $7 billion has been committed, of which over £1 billion is from the UK, including £767 million in fast start climate finance from the UK’s International Climate Fund (formerly the Environmental Transformation Fund). Funding is provided from DFID, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), and the climate and low carbon development teams from DFID and DECC are playing a key role in shaping UK policy in relation to these funds.

Key Documents

DfID’s World Bank Institutional Strategy Paper: DFID produces Institutional Strategy Papers (ISPs) about every three years to identify how to achieve its objectives via the multilateral institutions. The most recent DFID World Bank ISP was re-drafted in autumn 2004. DFID has failed to live up to its commitments to review the progress made by the Bank on its ISPs every twelve months. The ISP includes sections on: improving the depth of analysis for PRSPs, aligning Country Assistance Strategies with achievement of the Millenium Development Goals, and improved cooperation with other donors, especially the UN.

DFID’s public service agreement:This sets out how DFID is achieving its main targets and objectives, showing how they link to the Millennium Development Goals.

Objective notes for the spring and annual meetings of the Bank and Fund: Innovative – if limited – joint briefing from DFID and Treasury laying out UK objectives for the main points of discussion on the agenda of the meetings. In 2004 during the IDSC hearing, the Secretary of State for International Development agreed that DFID would post the notes at least 10 working days in advance of the meetings.

Annual reports on the UK and the IMF: Following pressure from NGOs and MPs the UK Treasury produced an annual report setting out the main policy debates in the IMF and the UK government’s role from 2003-2009. However, when a new government came into power in 2010, the reports ceased to be produced. DFID also produces a similar annual report on the UK’s involvement with the World Bank.

Other key documents include ministerial statements in advance of the spring and autumn meetings of the Bank and Fund; DFID departmental reports and the 2000 Globalisation White Paper which sets out the policy priorities of the entire British government on international policies and institutions.

Malcolm Bruce, Chair International Development Select Committee
House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA
Tel: 020-7219 1223
Fax: 020-7219 2891

Andrew Tyrie, Chair, Treasury Committee
House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA
Tel: 020-7219 5769
Fax: 020-7219 2782

Key contacts at DFID – IFID, PSD, GFD and Climate and Environment Group


Alistair Fernie acting: Head of International Finance Division

Richard Teuten: Head of IFID, R-Teuten(at)dfid.gov.uk (tel: 020 7023 1725)

Lindsey Craig Deputy Head of IFID, L-Craig(at))dfid.gov.uk (tel: 020 7023 0832)

Meenakshi Nath (acting) Head of PSD, M-Nath(at)dfid.gov.uk (tel: 020 7023 0242)

Donal Brown: Head of GFD, DF-Brown(at)dfid.gov.uk (tel: 020 7023 1465)

World Bank Group Team at IFID

Steven Sabey: Head of team. Responsible for the overall oversight of the team, including improving the Bank’s partnership behaviour and its focus on results and modernising the budget cycle to align resources and strategy, s-sabey(at)dfid.gov.uk (x0224)

Richard Taylor, IFI Partnerships Adviser, rf-taylor(at)dfid.gov.uk (01355 84 3812)

James Alawi: Policy Adviser (maternity cover), j-alawi(at)dfid.gov.uk (x1150)

Angelique Botella: Private Sector Development Adviser, a-botella(at)dfid.gov.uk (x0080)

IFI Strategy Team at IFID

Lindsey Craig: Head of team, L-Craig(at)dfid.gov.uk (x0832)

Patricia Seex: Senior Policy Adviser, p-seex(at)dfid.gov.uk (x0202)

Loga Gnanasambanthan, Economic advisor, L-Gnanasambanthan(at)dfid.gov.uk (x1697)

RDBs Team at IFID

Bo Sundstrom: Head of Regional Development Banks Team, b-sundstrom(at)dfid.gov.uk (x0724)

Duncan Hart : Policy Adviser (responsible for African Development Bank and Inter-American Development Bank, d-hart(at)dfid.gov.uk (x1691)

Climate and Environment group at DFID

Andrea Ledwood: Group Head, a-ledward(at)dfid.gov.uk (x0302)

Climate change adaptation

David Howlett Team Leader, d-howlett(at)dfid.gov.uk 01355 84 3707

Emma Aston: Policy Analyst Manager, e-aston(at)dfid.gov.uk (x01586)

Sustainable Energy

Kate Hughes: Team Leader, k-hughes(at)dfid.gov.uk (x0804)

Seb Meaney: Private Sector Development Adviser, s-meaney(at)dfid.gov.uk (x0607)

Steven Hunt: Infrastructure Adviser, s-hunt(at)dfid.gov.uk (x0140)

Simon Ratcliffe: Energy, s-ratcliffe(at)dfid.gov.uk (x1626)

Climate Frameworks and Carbon Markets

Jos Wheatley: Team Leader, j-wheatley(at)dfid.gov.uk (x0907)

Ben Green: Climate and Environment Adviser, b-green(at)dfid.gov.uk (x3648)

Key contacts at HM Treasury – International and Finance Directorate


Mark Bowman: Director General of International and EU, Mark.Bowman(at)hmtreasury.gsi.gov.uk

Charles.Roxburgh: Director General of Financial Services, Charles.Roxburgh(at)hmtreasury.gsi.gov.uk

Shona Riach: Director, International, Shona.Riach(at)hmtreasury.gsi.gov.uk

International Institutions and Policy team within International and EU Group, IMF Branch

Harry Lee: Head of IMF branch, Harry.Lee(at)hmtreasury.gsi.gov.uk, (tel: 0207270 1452)

IMF policy advisor (tbc), (tel: 020 7270 5470)

UK Delegation to the IMF and World Bank


Please note, though assigned principally to either the Bank or Fund teams, UK delegation advisors have cross-cutting responsibilities for thematic and geographic areas to both the Bank and Fund executive directors.

World Bank team

Melanie Robinson: UK Executive Director to the World Bank, (+1 202 473 8277)

David Stephen Kinder: UK Alternate ED to the World Bank

David George Hamilton Beer: Advisor to the Executive Director, handles Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Crisis Response, Infrastructure, Governance, Health, Education, Procurement, Debt, Trust Funds, Integrity, MIGA. dbeer(at)worldbank.org

Irene Chen (a.k.a.) Man Yuk Chen: IMF policies on macro-prudential, Capital Flows and GFSN; WEO/ GFSR / Fiscal Monitor; G7 (excluding UK) and Europe

Matthew Myers: Advisor on World Bank, handles IFC, MIGA, Private Sector Policy, Energy; Middle East, Russia, CIS, Caribbean.                                hcoutanche(at)worldbank.org (+1 202 458 7792)

Thomas Hemingway: IMF policies; Emerging markets

Catherine Kernachan: IMF policy on low-income countries, IMF lending facilities, IMF resources & budget; Africa

Dominique Lam:  IMF policies on quota & governance, SDR, financial sector, fiscal policy; Latin America

Phil Stevens: Advisor on World Bank, handles Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCS), Gender, Climate, Human Development, Safeguards; Africa         pstevens(at)worldbank.org (+1 202 473 2944)

Anthony Martin Segal-Knowles: IMF policies; Emerging markets

Matthew Cowie: Advisor to the Executive Director,  IBRD, Budget, IAD, DEC, Finances (WBG), Middle Income Countries, Urban, Rural, and Social Develoment, Water, Agriculture (including GAFSP), Macro and Fiscal, EAP, SAR, mcowie(at)worldbank.org

Maria Mota: Program Assistant

Salvacion Rabanillo: Program Assistant

IMF team

Steve Field: UK Executive Director to the IMF, sfield(at)imf.org (+1 202 623 4560)

Christopher Yeates: UK Alternate ED to the IMF, cyeates(at)imf.org (+1 202 623 4554)

Tom Duggan: Advisor on IMF, handles low-income countries and lending facilities, tduggan(at)imf.org (+1 202 623 7172)

Neil Meads: Advisor on IMF , handles G7 and Europe, nmeads(at)imf.org (+1 202 623 7000)

Victoria Gibbs: Advisor on IMF, IMF policy; South America, East Asia vgibbs(at)imf.org (+1 202 623 7000)

 

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The executive boards of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund

contribution from Tom Scholar, UK executive director to the World Bank and IMF

Accountability

Background

28 April 2005 | Minutes

UK NGO meeting with executive director Tom Scholar: uncorrected highlights 4 April 2005

Minutes of Spring meeting with Tom Scholar and UK NGOs in London

Social services

Background

22 April 2005 | Resource

IMF in low-income countries

Environment

Background

21 April 2005 | Minutes

EIR Update: highlights of civil society meeting with World Bank Group

Civil society meeting with the World Bank Group on the Extractive Industries Review update

IFI governance

Background

10 April 2005 | Inside the institutions

The World Bank board of executive directors

A summary of the structure and workings of the World Bank Group's board of executive directors.

Environment

Background

16 December 2004 | Minutes

UK NGO meeting with Executive Director Tom Scholar

Uncorrected highlights of a 14 December meeting between UK NGOs and UK Executive Director to the World Bank and IMF, Tom Scholar.

IFI governance

Background

22 November 2004 | Inside the institutions

The Bretton Woods institutions and parliaments

The development policy dialogue team is the principal point of contact for parliamentarians and parliamentary organizations at the World Bank. It runs their global parliamentary outreach and is based in the Vice Presidency for Europe. It was instrumental in the creation of PNoWB in 2000.

IFI governance

Background

4 October 2004 | Minutes

CSO meeting with European Executive Directors

Note from meeting in Washington between European IFI network and European EDs as part of the civil society programme of the World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings 04.

IFI governance

Background

21 September 2004 | Inside the institutions

Information disclosure at the World Bank Group

Currently both the World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC) - the Bank's private sector lending arm - are revising their information disclosure policies

IFI governance

Background

26 July 2004 | Inside the institutions

The World Bank’s project cycle explained

The World Bank's public-lending institutions (IDA and IBRD) lend about US$ 15-20 billion annually to 100 countries to Projects ranging from infrastructure, education, health and government financial management.

Accountability

Background

21 July 2003 | Inside the institutions

How the World Bank deals with fraud and corruption in its projects

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IFI governance

Commentary

Bank and Fun(d)speak of the year 2017

Every year the Bretton Woods Project highlights some of the most farcical remarks of Fund and World Bank staff.

7 December 2017 | Humour

IFI governance

Analysis

World Bank-IMF spring meetings 2017

Bretton Woods Project coverage of the 2017 spring meetings in Washington DC with analysis of the communiqués and notes from key civil society and official meetings.

10 April 2017

Conditionality

News

Peru CSOs demand World Bank accountability

Peruvian CSOs have raised concerns about the development of Peru's Country Partnership Framework in an open letter to the World Bank.

7 April 2017

IFI governance

Background

UK civil society meeting with DFID: Annual meetings and IDA

Notes of a UK CSO meeting with DFID on the annual meetings and the IDA process 23 September 2016.

10 November 2016 | Minutes

Environment

News

World Bank policy lending undermines climate goals

A CSO report has found that the World Bank’s development policy lending is supporting incentives for fossil fuels in Egypt, Indonesia, Mozambique and Peru.

6 April 2017

IFI governance

Background

The World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group

This Inside the Institutions looks at the World Bank's Independent Evaluation Group, including how it is structured and the different elements of the evaluation process.

31 January 2017 | Inside the institutions

Gender

Analysis

Gender-Just Macroeconomics

BWP publishes booklet on gender-just macroeconomics, a guide to engaging the IMF and World Bank.

20 October 2016 | Briefing

IFI governance

Background

CSO roundtable with World Bank Group Executive Directors

Notes from a CSO roundtable with World Bank Group Executive Directors at the IMF/World Bank 2016 annual meetings.

4 October 2016 | Minutes

Rights

News

Indigenous peoples lodge complaint over Bangladesh World Bank project

Indigenous peoples in Bangladesh have submitted a complaint to the Inspection Panel regarding a World Bank funded transport feasibility study.

26 September 2016

IFI governance

News

World Bank accused of reporting false consent on Nepal power line project

Communities affected by a World Bank-funded power line project in Nepal have accused the Bank of reporting false information on consent to the project.

26 September 2016