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WB/IMF roles

Accountability

News

World Bank and IMF launch disclosure reviews

Civil society groups, painfully aware of information access problems at the World Bank and IMF, hope this year's reviews of transparency and disclosure will bring radical improvement.

23 April 2009

Infrastructure

Commentary

Facilitating whose power? WB and IMF policy influence in Nigeria's energy sector

Despite rhetoric to the contrary, the World Bank's energy portfolio still fails to reap the double dividend of renewable energy technologies that would tackle both energy poverty and climate change. Nigerian economic policies shaped by World Bank and IMF recommendations, policy agreements and conditionality have so far lead to a dysfunctional electricity privatisation process, a heavy and as yet unfulfilled reliance on reform of the gas sector, and the failure to make any widespread practical pr

2 April 2008 | At Issue

Environment

Commentary

The World Bank and the West Africa Gas Pipeline Project

A critical analysis of the the World Bank-supported West Africa Gas pipeline, by Michael Karipko of Environmental Rights Action, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

5 October 2007 | Comment

Other news

Conditionality

Background

16 April 2016 | Minutes

IMF and World Bank’s Influence on Economic Policy Making in Developing Countries

Notes from a meeting at the IMF/World Bank CSO Forum at the 2016 Spring meetings, evaluating how well the World Bank and IMF have done on respecting the country ownership principle ten years after its international acceptance.

IFI governance

News

5 April 2012

2012 World Bank-IMF spring meetings schedule

Tentative schedule of the World Bank-IMF spring meetings in Washington DC, from 18 to 21 April, 2012.

Land

Background

13 March 2012 | Minutes

Notes of meeting between Stewart James, Alternate UK Executive Director to the World Bank, and NGOs

Civil society organisations met UK Executive Director to the World Bank and staff from the Department for International Development to discuss agriculture, land grabs, food security, the safeguards review process, the selection of the next World Bank president, the doing business indicators, and the debt sustainability framework.

Private Sector

News

7 February 2012

ICSID offers "impunity" for corporations

In October 2011 international coalition of civil society groups Seattle to Brussels Network held an international week of action against bilateral investment treaties.

Conditionality

News

21 November 2011

IFIs macroeconomic policy "anti-growth"

"Why have the policy tutors performed so miserably and the pupils so brilliantly?", wondered Professor John Weeks of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in an October article for Social Europe Journal.

IFI governance

21 November 2011

IMF's "trusted advisor" role to be scrutinised

The IMF's Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) has released an issues paper describing how it will assess whether the IMF has strengthened its 'trusted advisor' role since 2005.

Environment

Background

26 September 2011 | Minutes

CSO Roundtable with Lars Thunel

Notes of a meeting, Washington DC, 21 September 2011

Gender

Background

26 September 2011 | Minutes

Civil Society Strategy Meeting on the Doing Business rankings

Notes of a meeting, Washington DC, 21 September 2011