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IFC, Uber and the gig economy: deregulation and labour flexibilisation as a “women’s empowerment” strategy

13 October 2022 | Minutes

Moderator

  • Âurea Mouzinho (Global Policy Advocacy and Campaigns Coordinator, Global Alliance for Tax Justice (GATJ)

Panelists

  • (Joining online) Faith Lumonya (Economic Justice and Climate Action Programme Officer, Akina Mama wa Afrika)
  • (Joining online) Professor Kate Bedford (Professor of Law, University of Birmingham)
  • Alex Campbell (Washington Office Director, International Trade Union Confederation ITUC)

 

IFC Uber Report: On March 1, 2018, International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group (WBG) launched the report Driving Toward Equality: Women, Ride-Hailing, and the Sharing Economy, which explores how women and men participate in ride-hailing, particularly in emerging markets. The report uses data from Uber and survey results of more than 11,000 drivers and riders. It sheds light on how the emergence of ride-hailing is affecting women’s work and mobility and how companies across the sharing economy can ensure women’s equal participation and gain.

Âurea (Moderator): Let’s start with some thoughts from the panelists on where their interest in this topic is coming from, to contextualise the discussion.

Kate: I’ve always been interested in looking beyond the rhetoric about women’s inclusion, and the role of free markets in gender empowerment. But the bigger context is the Uber Files – they were leaked to newspapers a few months ago, and showed law breaking.

Kate’s findings: IFC has produced three key reports (one in 2018 with Uber, and on Uber, then 2020 Sri Lankan Start-up called ‘Pick Me’), and also in 2020 on gender segregated transport in ride hailing. The research underpinning the conversation is weak. It’s leading to recommendations that benefit ride hailing companies. The 2018 report blurs the line between company lobbying and research. IFC responded in the 2018 findings in the Uber report were corroborated in the 2020 Pick Me report. IFC is not clear that it made a $2.5 million dollar investment in Pick Me. It has hailed the app as a success, but funded it. It repeated the claim from the Uber study that ride hailing enables women to be empowered. In the literature review, the academic work is very narrow, there’s nothing on the worker strikes that occurred in 2019. A quick google of Pick Me shows English language articles from the Sri Lankan press of complaints from drivers. This information is not hard to find. The findings on data was from a very small number of women (26 women). This information doesn’t support the headline about women being empowered. Childcare isn’t mentioned in the report. The focus on finance is on digital inclusion, not on issues around workers buying equipment to do their job, for example.

Kate’s key recommendations: Firstly, research quality needs to be improved. Secondly, it must involve the Inclusion of different experts; CSOs, unions etc. Thirdly, WBG’s research is still so highly regarded for its policy, we need to be wary of this. Others look to them for their development work.

Alex: For many years, women have been overrepresented in precarious work. They’re excluded from formal work and high paid work. Uber and the gig economy promises not only to change that, but to offer empowerment via flexibility. We know that people don’t care about labour conditions. The US labour department has recently said they will look at conditions of gig economy workers. If we really cared, the share prices wouldn’t have dropped 10% following that news.

The argument that flexibility can empower women has problems: it’s a theoretical argument that falls down in practice. Some people do benefit from the flexibility. ITUC talked to drivers across the world. This work requires stability from someone else in the family. The flexibility means nothing without stability elsewhere, from another income. Those risks and downsides fall more heavily on those with less stability. Not to mention those in debt. Many countries have banned Uber, and have struggled to regulate their work.

Alex’s key recommendations: the answer is bringing people into the formal workplace, so that they have the rights from an employer. Cities like Bogota have undertaken phenomenal infrastructure and improved workers’ rights together. Expanding workers’ rights, working with the existing transportation systems (having a green way forward), respecting workers stability, not precarity, is vital.

Âurea: What I’m hearing from panelists is that the lack of accountability is important. Faith, how do the proposals of flexibilisation etc, relate to wider macroeconomic policy given to countries?

Faith: When you look at investments by International Financial Institutions (IFIs), there is an assumption of ‘one size fits all’. Being from Uganda, on an investment done by IFC into a company called Bidco – investing in biofuels – the assumption that was made was that the way the oil palm project had been applied in Asia would also work in Uganda. Many assumptions were made, and this is also happening in the gig economy.

The gig economy doesn’t apply in our context in Uganda because it is actually full employment for many people. It is their whole source of income and livelihood. Assuming there is opportunity for additional income, it leaves you wondering. It’s not a transport service, it’s Uber providing a technology service. When it comes to taxation, it counts as technology. Individuals who are working have to buy the cars, smart phones and internet themselves: many people cannot afford these things. In the fourth industry revolution, the companies don’t own assets, so it’s about the data the companies provide.

The challenge was only about extraction of labour previously, but now in the fourth revolution it’s about extraction and also exploitation. It’s exclusionary, that for women, it’s not every day that someone will have financing for a vehicle, a smart phone and internet access. It does not work in the context of Africa.

In South Africa, one requirement there is that your vehicle should be a 2014 version and above. Recognising the intersecting challenges we face, as a woman have to figure out healthcare, education etcetera on our own, is vital. Because of how the economic system has been structured, in that the government is no longer playing a role, it’s almost impossible for us to actually benefit. When you look at participation rates in the gig economy, it’s mostly men with money and social capital.

When we talk about women’s economic empowerment, we must think about women’s unpaid care and domestic work. The assumption made by IFC is that there will be more flexibility in terms of schedules, however because of the gig economy system of earnings meaning you must work long hours to actually make enough money, the flexibility goes out of the window. It’s also difficult for women to get more rides when they rely on good reviews, as these are less likely to be given to women.

Âurea:  Those are very good points. The companies don’t even contribute to the rearrangement of care work for women.

Faith: There is no (worker’ union) organising for Uber workers here in Uganda, though I know there is some in Kenya. The companies don’t pay taxes, so they are not contributing to social systems in that country. There is a lack of social protection. The question of financial intermediaries, can Uber wash its hands of loans sharks who help people buy a car? Ultimately, if BWIs want to provide gig economy as a women’s empowerment strategy, they must consider how they look at due diligence. At every level, they would have to bring women in the conversation.

 

Questions & Answers

Rachel Noble, Action Aid UK: I don’t have a question, I just want to share some additional points from the initial research we’ve been doing at Action Aid UK. Uber has also avoided playing millions in taxes, it shows that they do not care. Uber and UN Women went into partnership in 2015, there were a number of prolific sexual violence cases. It is about instrumentalising women; issues around precarity, debt, safety etc.

Amy McShane, Bretton Woods Project: Given everything that has been said, I wonder where the panelists see this going. With the likes of the (thankfully recently cancelled) Blackrock & UN Women partnership, we’re continuing to see this corporate capture in development, and pinkwashing of corporations. Where do you expect the BWIs to go with this?

Alex: We see the increasing influence of private investment. From a Union perspective, you can’t replace public investment. It doesn’t surprise me that there’s a recourse to private capital. Technology can be part of how we do things, there’s nothing inherently bad about an app that helps take you somewhere, it’s just that under the hood things are different. And we need a call for public investment.

Faith: It’s about strengthening our demand, to strengthen systems and frameworks and around corporate accountability, and emphasising the need to have a UN legally binding treaty on business and human rights. It shows there is a need for a global legally binding framework. The EU has insisted on non-binding principles on human rights, and the US has been hesitant. Bold steps need to be taken to manage corporate power.

One concern I personally have, is that drivers do invest a lot when it comes to operating, but they only get 25% back and this needs to be reviewed. But it goes back to the corporates. Our governments no longer have the ability to determine minimum prices, minimum wage etc. This environment is not in support of ensuring individuals get paid properly.

Kate: The Bank has seen over the past few years a touch time to look for creative moments, with insider and outsider moments. I watched the IMF’s panel around the gender strategy; I remember that energy being around the Bank previously. That dynamic (of disagreeing and clashing) takes its toll. We need to hold these actors to account, and that hasn’t been huge around the Bank in recent years. The idea that corporations are pioneers of gender equality, when corporations claim that they are opening themselves up to critique, every time they claim this, they are exposing themselves to CSOs holding them to account.

This is a symptom of the corporate embodiment, and corporate capture, and also of development financing and funding independent research on gender and development.

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World Bank Inspection Panel at 19: Some Lessons for Safeguard Policy

This panel discussion centered on the possible policy lessons for the Safeguard Review of learning from the emblematic or most frequently registered cases of non-compliance with Bank safeguard policies, particularly project supervision, environmental assessment, and involuntary resettlement.

IFI governance

Background

13 October 2012 | Minutes

Think tanks: promoting local solutions, influencing global thinking

This session brought together representatives of three leading policy research organizations from Bangladesh, Tanzania and Ecuador, to share their experiences and analysis of the potential of think tanks to promote local solutions and influence global thinking.

Infrastructure

Background

13 October 2012 | Minutes

Post Fukushima: The Role of the Financial Sector in Energy Future

This session introduced the audience to an overview of global energy issues and specific analyses of the environment and economic impacts of Fukushima nuclear power accident, and discussed the roles of the financial sector in viable global energy future.

Accountability

Background

12 October 2012 | Minutes

Doing business report rankings

This session will bring together experts from labour, development and business organizations to highlight issues and perspectives that need to be part of the review of these influential rankings.

Accountability

Background

12 October 2012 | Minutes

IMF consultation meeting on engagement with civil society: review and way forward

This session sought to gather CSO views, suggestions, and concerns on how to improve the current guidelines, including IMF consultation processes on policies, strategies, and Article. IV consultations

IFI governance

Background

12 October 2012 | Minutes

Citizen-Led Accountability at the World Bank Group: experiences of independent recourse mechanisms

This session aimed to gather CSO views, suggestions, and concerns on how to improve the current guidelines, including IMF consultation processes on policies, strategies, and Art. IV consultations.

IFI governance

Background

12 October 2012 | Minutes

Facilitating international adjustment through timely debt resolution

This session highlighted the perspectives of finance ministers, policy makers, and academics on the need to ensure timely, effective international adjustment in a manner consistent with sustained global growth and continued adherence to the system of open, dynamic international trade and payments constructed over the past 65 years.

Rights

Background

12 October 2012 | Minutes

World Bank safeguard review and CSOs approaches in their engagement

Interaction between the Bank and CSOs on the approach paper through this panel provided an opportunity for the Bank and CSOs to highlight areas of importance and provide input about the direction of the safeguard review.

IFI governance

Background

11 October 2012 | Minutes

The Role of the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG)

This session provided CSOs with the opportunity to have an exchange with IEG's Director-General and Senior Vice President on the role of the IEG.

Accountability

Background

11 October 2012 | Minutes

Global financial regulations and their Impact on major campaigns

This event was a collegial information-sharing and strategy session to explore the linkages between financial regulations and grass roots campaigns.

IFI governance

Background

11 October 2012 | Minutes

CSO Townhall with Jim Yong Kim and Christine Lagarde

This townhall was for CSO representatives accredited to the Annual Meetings. The CSO Discussants made initial remarks on Fund and Bank policies and were followed by comments from Mr. Kim and Ms. Lagarde. This was then followed by a general discussion on issues of concern to CSO representatives.

IFI governance

Background

11 October 2012 | Minutes

From country systems to DPLs: understanding the World Bank's approach to social and environmental ri

This session will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the Bank’s approaches with respect to different financial instruments and evaluate the challenges of ensuring coherence in environmental and social sustainability outcomes across instruments.

IFI governance

Background

10 October 2012 | Minutes

Making global governance accountable: civil society experiences with 13 Institutions

This session discussed the conclusions reached on the global governance role of civil society by the Civil Society and Accountable Global Governance project.

Accountability

Background

3 August 2012 | Minutes

IFI re-engagement in Burma

Minutes of Burma and IFIs meeting, Washington DC, 18 April 2012

Accountability

Background

23 April 2012 | Minutes

EIR + 10

Minutes of afternoon sessions of extractives conference, Washington DC, 23 April 2012

IFI governance

Background

23 April 2012 | Minutes

2012 Tokyo Annual Meeting Planning Session

2012 Tokyo Annual Meeting Planning Session held on Saturday, 21 April.

Accountability

Background

21 April 2012 | Minutes

Lessons from IEG's Cluster Review of IFC-supported Extractive Industries Projects

Minutes of IFC and extractives meeting, Washington DC, 21 April 2012

Accountability

Background

21 April 2012 | Minutes

Safeguards in a Changing Landscape

Minutes of safeguards meeting, Washington DC, 21 April 2012

Finance

Background

20 April 2012 | Minutes

How can the IMF enhance its focus on growth and poverty reduction in LICS?

A civil society meeting held at the World Bank and the IMF hold their 2012 spring meetings in Washington DC on Friday 20th April.

IFI governance

Background

20 April 2012 | Minutes

Seminar - Time for a New Consensus: Regulating Financial Flows for Stability and Development

As the World Bank and the IMF hold their 2012 spring meetings in Washington DC this week, Latindadd and the Bretton Woods Project organised a seminar about regulating financial flows on Thursday 19 April.

IFI governance

Background

20 April 2012 | Minutes

Austerity in the Eurozone

Seminar at the Spring meetings 2012, 19 April 12

Infrastructure

Background

20 April 2012 | Minutes

Kosovo's options for a sustainable energy future

Minutes of presentation and discussion on Kosovo's options to develop a sustainable energy future, Washington DC, 20 April 2012.

Infrastructure

Background

20 April 2012 | Minutes

World Bank's Climate Investment Funds 4 years later

Minutes of meeting on the World Bank-housed Climate Investment Funds and the Green Climate Fund, Washington DC, 19 April 2012

Land

Background

20 April 2012 | Minutes

Agriculture and Food Security

Minutes of agriculture and food security meeting, Washington DC, 19 April 2012

Infrastructure

Background

20 April 2012 | Minutes

Climate change, energy access and sustainable development

Minutes of climate change and energy access meeting, Washington DC, 18 April 2012

Accountability

Background

19 April 2012 | Minutes

Supporting Social Accountability for Better Results

Minutes of World Bank Social accountability plenary, Washington DC, 19 April 2012

Accountability

Background

19 April 2012 | Minutes

Development Policy Lending (DPL) Retrospective consultation

Minutes meeting, Washington DC, 18 April 2012

Environment

Background

19 April 2012 | Minutes

IMF Consultation on Natural Resources Management and Taxation

Notes of meeting, Spring meetings 2012, Washington DC

Infrastructure

Background

26 September 2011 | Minutes

India's energy future: Consequences of India's coal rush and alternative energy scenarios

Notes of a panel discussion, Washington DC, 20 September 2011

Infrastructure

Background

26 September 2011 | Minutes

India's energy future: What role for the Bank?

Notes of meeting, Washington DC, September 21, 2011

Knowledge

Background

26 September 2011 | Minutes

Civil Society Strategy Meeting on the Doing Business rankings

Notes of a meeting, Washington DC, 21 September 2011

Environment

Background

26 September 2011 | Minutes

CSO Roundtable with Lars Thunel

Notes of a meeting, Washington DC, 21 September 2011

Environment

Background

26 September 2011 | Minutes

Safeguards and climate finance in Indonesia in the context of REDD+

Notes of meeting, Washington DC, September 23, 2011

Social services

Background

23 September 2011 | Minutes

Seminar - Gender Equality Matters: The Way Forward

Notes of meeting, Washington DC, September 21, 2011

Accountability

Background

23 September 2011 | Minutes

CSO Townhall with Robert Zoellick and Christine Lagarde

Notes of meeting, Washington DC, September 22, 2011

Infrastructure

Background

23 September 2011 | Minutes

Scaling up Climate Finance

Notes of meeting, Washington DC, September 22, 2011

IFI governance

Background

23 September 2011 | Minutes

Financial Transaction Tax implementation

Notes of a meeting, Washington DC, 22 September 2011

Finance

Background

23 September 2011 | Minutes

Real Aid

Notes of a panel discussion, Washington DC, 21 September 2011

Environment

Background

23 September 2011 | Minutes

Plundered nations?

Notes of a meeting, Washington DC, 21 September 2011

Accountability

Background

18 April 2011 | Minutes

Consultation on Program for Results (P4R)

Notes of meeting, Washington DC, April 16, 2011

Rights

Background

18 April 2011 | Minutes

Safeguards consultation, World Bank, 16 April 2011

Summary of consultation held at the World Bank in Washington, 16 April 2011

Accountability

Background

18 April 2011 | Minutes

IFC and Financial Intermediary Lending

Notes of meeting, Washington DC, April 15, 2011

IFI governance

Background

15 April 2011 | Minutes

How the Financial Stability Board Affects Development Prospects: Opening the Black Box

Notes of a meeting held in Washington DC, 15 April 2011

Finance

Background

14 April 2011 | Minutes

IFC's international development goals

IFC staff member discusses plans for goals to guide future work in private sector development.

Land

Background

14 April 2011 | Minutes

The regulation of excessive speculation in commodity markets: what's at stake

Financial experts critically discuss commodity speculation.

IFI governance

Background

13 April 2011 | Minutes

IMF triennial surveillance review

Notes of meeting, Washington DC, April 13, 2011

Finance

Background

13 April 2011 | Minutes

Meeting between the UK IMF Executive Director Alex Gibbs, HM Treasury and UK civil society organisat

Notes of the seminar of spring meetings 2011

Environment

Background

12 October 2010 | Minutes

Energy, Poverty, Sustainability and Climate Change

Minutes of a seminar at the 2010 annual meetings, 8 October 2010

IFI governance

Background

12 October 2010 | Minutes

Held in reserve: can a new approach to monetary policy transform the global economic outlook?

Minutes of an experts seminar held on the sidelines of the 2010 Annual Meetings of the IMF, 7 October 2010

IFI governance

Background

12 October 2010 | Minutes

Investment lending reform

A briefing by World Bank staff on the investment lending reform, 9 October 2010

Knowledge

Background

11 October 2010 | Minutes

Post MDG Summit

Notes of the seminar of annual meetings 2010

IFI governance

Background

11 October 2010 | Minutes

Future of the global financial and monetary system

Notes of the seminar of annual meetings 2010

IFI governance

Background

11 October 2010 | Minutes

Global economic governance

Notes of the seminar of annual meetings 2010

Conditionality

Background

8 October 2010 | Minutes

Civil Society Townhall Meeting with Robert Zoellick and Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Notes of the seminar of annual meetings 2010

Knowledge

Background

7 October 2010 | Minutes

Meeting between the UK IMF Executive Director Alex Gibbs , HM Treasury and UK civil society organisa

Notes of the seminar of annual meetings 2010

IFI governance

Background

29 April 2010 | Minutes

Future of the World Bank: major reforms or a series of minor adjustments?

Civil society event at the World Bank spring meetings 2010, 24 April

Infrastructure

Background

26 April 2010 | Minutes

Launch of Bank Information Center's (BIC's) model energy strategy

Civil society event at the World Bank spring meetings 2010, 24 April

Accountability

Background

26 April 2010 | Minutes

A sustainable World Bank energy strategy: perspectives from various stakeholders

Civil society event at the World Bank spring meetings 2010, 23 April

Accountability

Background

26 April 2010 | Minutes

Evaluation as a critical tool for accountability

Civil society event at the World Bank spring meetings 2010, 23 April

IFI governance

Background

23 April 2010 | Minutes

An IMF for the 21st century - the low-income country perspective

Civil society event at the World Bank spring meetings 2010, 22 April

Environment

Background

23 April 2010 | Minutes

Financing the response to climate change: special drawing rights (SDRs) for climate finance

Civil society event at the World Bank spring meetings 2010, 22 April

Infrastructure

Background

23 April 2010 | Minutes

Governance challenges in financing green and sustainable energy policies

Freidrich-Ebert-Stiftung event at the World Bank spring meetings 2010, 22 April

Infrastructure

Background

23 April 2010 | Minutes

Roundtable on post-crisis economic recovery

World Bank event at the World Bank spring meetings 2010, 22 April

Environment

Background

23 April 2010 | Minutes

World Bank, climate change and climate finance

Civil society event at the World Bank spring meetings 2010, 22 April

IFI governance

Background

9 October 2009 | Minutes

The IMF and protectionist trade policies: What does the record of the past 15 years tell us?

Seminar on the IEo evluation of IMF trade policy advice in Istanbul, 2 October 2009.

IFI governance

Background

8 October 2009 | Minutes

Financial sector policies in the crisis

Programme of Seminars session in Istanbul on 3 October 2009 with Zeti Aziz, Andrew Crockett, Christine Cummings, Sayed Sadeeq, and John Laker.

Environment

Background

8 October 2009 | Minutes

CSO Townhall meeting

Notes from the CSO townhall meeting with Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Robert Zoellick

Accountability

Background

8 October 2009 | Minutes

IMF governance - CSO meeting with the IMF managing director

Minutes of a meeting between civil society organisations, IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn and IMF deputy managing director John Lipsky

Environment

Background

6 October 2009 | Minutes

Consultation meeting on World Bank environmental strategy

Summary of the first consultation on their new environment strategy, which they will develop next year.

IFI governance

Background

5 October 2009 | Minutes

The impact of financial regulation on developing countries

The impact of financial regulation on developing countries, World Bank Programme of Seminars, with Mingkang Liu, Joseph Stiglitz, and Alvir Hoffman.

Conditionality

Background

5 October 2009 | Minutes

The IMF: Change we can believe in?

The IMF: Change we can believe in? Notes of a civil society meeting in Istanbul. Speakers include Joseph Stiglitz, Andrew Kumbatira, Caroline Atkinson, and Bhumika Muchhala.

IFI governance

Background

5 October 2009 | Minutes

Future of the Global Financial System

Notes of part of a panel debate chaired by Martin Wolf of the Financial Times, Istanbul, 4 October 2009.

Finance

Background

4 October 2009 | Minutes

Report launch: Post-crisis growth in developing countries

Growth commission event in Istanbul.

IFI governance

Background

4 October 2009 | Minutes

The UN conference and the G20 summit

Minutes from The UN conference and the G20 summit, civil society policy forum discussion on 3 October 2009. Istanbul, Turkey

IFI governance

Background

4 October 2009 | Minutes

Critical debate on the World Bank and IMF

Summary of a presentation made by Professor Anwar Shaikh, the New School for Social Research, on "Monetary Policy and the Global Crisis"

IFI governance

Background

4 October 2009 | Minutes

Global economic governance roundtable

Summary of a discussion with German government representatives, Jomo KS of the UN and civil society organisations.

Environment

Background

27 April 2009 | Minutes

The World Bank's programs on forests and climate change

A civil society event organised by World Resources Institute (WRI) at the World Bank spring meetings 2009

IFI governance

Background

27 April 2009 | Minutes

Compliance Advisory Ombudsman review of standards for Bank’s private sector lending

Notes of a session with the CAO at the World Bank spring meetings, Washington, DC, April 22, 2009.

IFI governance

Background

25 April 2009 | Minutes

IMF crisis response- discussion

Notes of a meeting between the IMF and civil society organisations

Environment

Background

13 April 2008 | Minutes

Dialogue with NGOs and Lars Thunell, Executive Vice President and CEO, IFC

Dialogue with NGOs and Lars Thunell, Executive Vice President and CEO, IFC

Environment

Background

11 April 2008 | Minutes

Macroeconomic and fiscal implications of climate change and the policies to address it

A briefing by IMF economists at the spring meetings 2008.

IFI governance

Background

11 April 2008 | Minutes

Briefing on the World Bank's Six Strategic Themes

Minutes of a briefing by World Bank staff on the WBG's six strategic themese

Conditionality

Background

11 April 2008 | Minutes

IMF consultation in advance of the PSI review

Notes of a consultation between IMF staff and NGOs in advance of the PSI review

Social services

Background

10 April 2008 | Minutes

Structural conditionalities in the IMF: A discussion between the IMF, IEO, and CSOs

An upcoming civil society report demonstrates that IMF structural conditionality did not decline in the five years after the approval of the Fund's conditionality guidelines in September 2002, which were based on the principles of ownership and criticality in its application of structural conditionality, as well as to streamlining the number of conditions. Going on seven years, it seems that these guidelines have been more honoured in principle than in practice. A recent Independent Evaluation O

Finance

Background

26 October 2007 | Minutes

Macroeconomic aspects of aid scaling up and the role of the Fund

Highlights of a 21 October discussion on the macroeconomics of aid scaling up at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2007.

Conditionality

Background

26 October 2007 | Minutes

Wage bill ceilings, fiscal and monetary policies and absorbing aid inflows - updates and next steps

Highlights of a 20 October discussion on the the IMF's fiscal and monetary policy advice and conditionality for low-income countries at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2007.

Accountability

Background

26 October 2007 | Minutes

Rethinking the governance of the IMF

Highlights of a 19 October discussion on the reform of IMF governance at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2007.

Accountability

Background

26 October 2007 | Minutes

The role of low-income countries in IFI governance

Highlights of a 19 October discussion on the role of low-income countries in IMF governance at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2007.

Conditionality

Background

26 October 2007 | Minutes

The IMF's Policy Support Instrument: more flexibility or continued belt tightening

Highlights of a 21 October discussion on the IMF's Policy Support Instrument (PSI) at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2007.

Environment

Background

23 October 2007 | Minutes

Townhall meeting and reception with World Bank and IMF presidents and civil society representatives

Highlights of an 18 October 'town hall' meeting between WB-IMF heads and CSOs.

Environment

Background

23 October 2007 | Minutes

The agenda of the Development Committee and the provision of Global Public Goods

Highlights of a 20 October meeting hosted by the FES Foundation on global public goods, at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2007.

Infrastructure

Background

23 October 2007 | Minutes

Climate change and clean energy challenges and opportunities in addressing Africa's growing energy n

Highlights of a meeting at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2007.

Infrastructure

Background

23 October 2007 | Minutes

Low carbon, high hopes: making climate action work for development

Highlights of a 19 October meeting at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2007.

Environment

Background

5 October 2007 | Minutes

Highlights of BWI-UK network meeting with Douglas Alexander

Highlights of a 4 October meeting between NGOs in the BWI-UK network and secretary of state for international development, Douglas Alexander, addressing IFI strategic reviews, aid effectiveness, clean energy/climate change and a number of other issues.

Conditionality

Background

27 April 2007 | Minutes

IMF macroeconomic policies and the impacts on education budgets and teacher wages

IMF civil society dialogue, spring meetings 2007 (14 April 2007)

Conditionality

Background

27 April 2007 | Minutes

IEO Evaluation of the IMF and Aid to Sub-Saharan Africa

Civil society dialogue, spring meetings 2007 (12 April 2007) on the IEO Evaluation of the IMF and Aid to Sub-Saharan Africa

IFI governance

Background

27 April 2007 | Minutes

European CSO meeting with European IMF EDs

Incomplete minutes of European CSO meeting with European IMF EDs, 13 April 2007

Conditionality

Background

20 April 2007 | Minutes

Fiscal space and fiscal priorities: Infrastructure, trade and poverty

This panel discussion addressed the pros and cons of fiscal space for infrastructure when infrastructure is trade-related, what they mean for current proposals by the World Bank and IMF on fiscal space, and the importance of an assessment that looks jointly at the trade and financial aspects on the grounds of poverty reduction, development and environment goals.

Conditionality

Background

19 April 2007 | Minutes

Sub-Saharan Africa: Outlook and Challenges

Sub-Saharan Africa: Outlook and Challenges; IMF-civil society dialogue, 13 April 2007

IFI governance

Background

26 October 2006 | Minutes

Highlights of Hilary Benn meeting with UK NGOs

Highlights of semi-annual meeting between UK Secretary of State for International Development and UK NGOs. Topics covered include CSO access to annual meetings, conditionality, anti-corruption, odious debt, clean energy, education in LICUS, bank internal governance, IFC safeguards

IFI governance

Background

26 September 2006 | Minutes

Highlights of Tom Scholar meeting with UK NGOs

Highlights of quarterly meeting between UK executive director to the World Bank and IMF and UK NGOs. Topics covered include CSO access to annual meetings, IMF strategic review, conditionality, anti-corruption and education.

IFI governance

Background

28 June 2006 | Minutes

Highlights of Tom Scholar meeting with UK NGOs, Monday 26 June 2006

Highlights of Tom Scholar meeting with UK NGOs, Monday 26 June 2006

IFI governance

Background

9 May 2006 | Minutes

Policy issues in scaling up of aid flows

Highlights of a spring meetings dialogue hosted by the IMF on scaling-up aid, where senior Fund staff Peter Heller walked out.

Social services

Background

28 April 2006 | Minutes

Evaluating the impact of the PRGF: The cases of Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia

Highlights of a civil society dialogue on the IMF Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility, at the World Bank spring meetings in Washington, 20 April 2006.

Infrastructure

Background

27 April 2006 | Minutes

World Bank dialogue on the clean energy investment framework

Highlights of a World Bank-organised dialogue on its new clean energy investment framework at the spring meetings in Washington, 24 April 2006.

IFI governance

Background

25 April 2006 | Minutes

Briefing on the implementation of new IFC performance standards

Briefing on the implementation of new IFC performance standards at the World Bank-IMF spring meetings in Washington, 20 April 2006.

Conditionality

Background

25 April 2006 | Minutes

Dialogue on national development strategies and the Millennium Development Goals

Dialogue on national development strategies and the Millennium Development Goals at the World Bank-IMF spring meetings in Washington, 20 April 2006.

Finance

Background

25 April 2006 | Minutes

Dialogue on Fund role in middle-income countries

Dialogue on Fund role in middle-income countries at the World Bank-IMF spring meetings in Washington, Thursday 20 April.

IFI governance

Background

6 October 2004 | Minutes

Grants or Loans? The Full Debate

The session considered the arguments surrounding the provision of grants or loans by IDA. It considered the recent call by President Bush for the World Bank and other development banks to provide more of their funds to the poorest countries as grants, in recognition of the pivotal role that grants play in providing prudent financing for pressing development needs.

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.


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