IFI governance

Background

Fit for purpose: Reviewing green conditionalities in the IMF RST and World Bank RST

18 April 2024 | Minutes

Co-sponsors: Recourse, Eurodad, FARN, Alternative Law Collective, Power Shift Africa, Christian Aid, ActionAid, BU Global Development Policy Center

 

Moderator:

  • Iolanda Fresnillo, Eurodad

Panelists:

  • Jon Sward, Bretton Woods Project
  • Alexandros Kentikelenis, Recourse
  • Fahmida Khatun, Centre for Policy Dialogue
  • Stephane Hallegate, World Bank
  • Andrea Gamba, IMF

Video of the event is available on the IMF’s website.

 

Jon: The Bretton Woods Project reviewed World Bank Development Policy Finance (DPF) from fiscal years 2018 to 2023, focusing on energy sector conditionalities. Of note, and a motivation behind the analysis of DPF specifically, is that it is an opaque instrument, with not only little public debate, but it is also excluded from consideration within the Environment and Social Framework – a long standing concern for civil society. As context around energy systems, the global trend towards neoliberal policies has led to the fragmentation and privatisation of energy systems globally (which only come about in the 1980s, before that it was very common for energy system to be publicly owned). Now with the climate crisis, there is a push to attract private capital for green transitions through de-risking measures.

In all of this, our findings of this report show us that DPF, a holdover from the structural adjustment loans of the 1980s, paves the way for this private sector led energy transition through the conditionalities it ties to its loans. Indeed, the energy conditions tied to DPF from 2018 to 2023 are a clear continuing of the WBG’s policy paradigm since the 1990s, focused ‘Washington-style’ policies led by the theory of change that through unbundling private sectors, introducing private sector participation, and establishing wholesale market (which has not happened in a lot of times) – this will lead to lower consumer prices (which has been proven wrong). This approach has implications, including concerns over net negative official flows from donor countries to the Global South and a race to the bottom to attract foreign investments, exacerbating wealth transfer from South to North. DPF represents just a fraction of a larger debate needed for a just and green energy transition. The policy paradigm in the energy sector requires open public debate and discussion.

Alexandros: The RSF aims to blend climate concerns into lending, with fresh funding totalling $42.8 billion in pledges and $16.7 billion in usable funds. However, most of this money requires countries to have an IMF program. New conditions are added, like upper-credit tranche programs, focusing on fiscal issues and sectoral reforms, especially in renewable energy. Although RSF has positives, it operates alongside IMF programs, often worsening austerity. This includes removing energy subsidies, raising questions about fairness in energy transitions and compensating affected people. Rising debt services eat up fiscal resources, calling for better coordination between RSF and IMF programs and clearer success standards. Qualification for RSF should change to allow more access to SDRs, and guidance on energy subsidies is needed to match just transition goals.

Iolanda: Fahmida, please share your experience or lessons from RSF conditionalities, but also more broadly around the structural conditions imposed by IMF programs from your experience in Bangladesh.

Fahmida: Based on the experiences of Bangladesh, Barbados, and Jamaica, and the report prepared, it’s evident that post-Covid and war, Bangladesh faced balance of payment challenges, receiving support from initiatives like the RST and ESF. The country’s vulnerability to climate change necessitates support from RSF, particularly for adaptation efforts. However, there are tensions regarding reform measures under RST, especially concerning removal energy price subsidies, which are important for Bangladesh’s agriculture-based economy.

Moreover, conditionalities under RSF often focus on short-term stability, which should align with long-term development goals of the country. Loss and Damage is a critical issue for Bangladesh, as economic losses from climate impacts exacerbate poverty and displacement. As recommendations, improving RST requires enhancements in resource mobilisation, elimination of concurrent programmes, holistic approach design (integrating short and long term), impactful finance catalysis, and stakeholder engagement for better outcomes.

Iolanda: A question for the World Bank representative, Hallegate: What are your thoughts on the concerns raised in the BWP report regarding bias towards private sector interests? Additionally, considering that conditionalities are seen as a continuation of the Washington Consensus imposed through SAPs, and given that SAPs haven’t been proven very efficient, what is the Bank’s stance on this? Furthermore, given the inefficiency of PPPs in terms of economic justice, with instances of failed projects and hidden debt, how does the Bank plan to address these issues?

Stephane: We are all facing a significant challenge regarding both the SDGs and climate change. The World Bank acknowledges the complexity of these issues and the ongoing learning process required. We prioritise impact evaluation and value diverse perspectives, recognising that we do not have all the answers to achieve zero emissions. Regarding development loans, we emphasise a comprehensive approach through Country Climate and Development Reports (CCDRs). These reports aim to integrate climate and development priorities, with the objective of achieving 45% climate co-benefits by 2025. We have already published 47 CCDRs, which serve as the foundation for broader discussions. It is important to note that while the World Bank Group produces CCDRs, they are not government plans, and we strive to align our initiatives with countries’ priorities.

We are committed to fostering dialogue around CCDRs, engaging with CSOs, governments, and other stakeholders. In low-income countries, where the needs are significant, we recognise the importance of combining development and climate efforts. While de-risking projects is essential, it’s not sufficient on its own. We believe that certain sectors, such as education and health, should be publicly financed, as they may not be profitable. However, where there’s potential for returns, the private sector may play a role, allowing public resources to be allocated elsewhere.

Iolanda: How do you think RSF should handle these measures, especially during the ongoing RSF review? And what about measures connected to fiscal consolidation? Weren’t rechannelled SDRs meant for Global South countries if quota representation was fairy allocated?

Andrea: When creating the RST as a trust, we turned to the World Bank and CCDRs. We are scheduled to go to the board for review on May 10th, but there won’t be many changes to the RST following this review – as an FYI. We are however working hard to make things better for countries and their people. There is a conflict between austerity and RSF. Regarding fiscal consolidation, our goal is not to achieve it but to ensure countries moving in the right direction in terms of macroeconomic stability. Take Morocco – while their policies are robust, they opted for RSF because its conditions differ from typical Fund engagements for stabilising the economy. RSF is not intended to address balance of payment stress. Concerning energy prices, subsidies, and social spending, we are trying towards aligning subsidies with improved social safety nets and higher social spending. We are also focusing on accountability and enhancing management controls to monitor where funds are allocated and hold governments accountable. We are open to further discussions on this matter.

 

Questions and answers

Civil society representative from Pakistan: In Pakistan’s CCDR, there is a strong emphasis on removing subsidies and unbundling the energy sector and increasing PS – aligning with the Bank and IMF’s approach since the 1990s (which Pakistan mostly implemented). There is controversy: That green energy is cheaper, but green energy projects are not receiving adequate private financing, with the WBG still funding coal projects. While the WBG claims to have undergone a paradigm shift, the situation on the ground in Pakistan raises questions about this. Despite previous funding packages, the approach appears unchanged.

Civil society representative from Christian Aid: The learning exercise for Fund and Bank in terms of playing with subsidies is costing lives.

Representative from Intelligence infrastructure corporation: Can you give more details about the private-sector funding mechanism you mentioned Gamba? And Hallegate, what’s the IFC’s role in selecting and advising on specific projects, and funding for the private sector?

Representative from Italy climate think tank, Eco: We focus on climate development pathways, with many suggesting funding for fossil fuels. How do you assess the risks of stranded assets in this regard, and how does it encourage exploration of alternatives? How does this tie in with NDCs, especially with the ongoing discussions in the G20 under the Brazilian presidency? And how can we integrate these conversations?

Jon: Can you explain how partners outside the Bank group are engaged in the CCDRs? How does the CCDRs prioritize different interests in this process? Also, how are climate diagnostics used for prior actions and RSF? It would be interesting to understand the internal process within the Bank when creating a CCDR, especially considering your mention of no ownership of that product, which relates to our concern about DPF prior actions supposedly being country-driven but not always appearing so. In broader discussions, one of our concerns is whether the risk is properly addressed. Are concepts like technology transfer and joint ventures, rather than take-or-pay models, being considered in CCDRs? Lastly, rich countries need to fulfil at least the commitments they’ve already made.

Alexandros: How can we extend the scope of more traditional IMF programmes to be more long-term, as you suggest with RSF? Additionally, regarding Paris Alignment, RSF implies readiness, but that encompasses a lot. BWIs not only offer funding but also establish the broad parameters within which policies are developed. What role does the IMF play in expanding policy space rather than following a narrow trajectory?

Khatun: Can you clarify how RSF and UCT can be separated, especially regarding funding? Funding is crucial, particularly for adaptation efforts, which may not be profitable for the private sector. This highlights the importance of public financing. Effective fund usage is vital, as it needs to be comprehensive and packaged appropriately to address both mitigation and adaptation needs.

Stephane: The main point I want to make is that we’re not just “testing” through learning; we recognise that predicting outcomes accurately is challenging, and we need to be prepared to anticipate this by acknowledging mistakes and offering solutions. It’s crucial to have diverse perspectives on the ground to guide us; we aim to identify issues before they escalate. Many recommendations in these reports focus on mobilising domestic resources rather than relying on external sources. While the WBG has conducted extensive work on distributional impacts, it’s heavily influenced by various factors, and data quality remains a challenge.

CCDRs aim to foster more discussions with local stakeholders and are implemented through Country Partnership Frameworks (CPF). However, there are discussions about expediting their implementation because waiting five years for CPF is not feasible. CCDRs aren’t prescriptive; instead, we focus on risk-sharing (determining who bears the cost if demand falls short). The goal is not just to use this information but to share it to influence pricing. Economics is key; it examines various scenarios, costs, benefits, and trade-offs, enabling governments to make informed decisions.

Andrea: With the Debt Sustainability Analysis (DSA), it’s important to speak with potential private investors and ascertain their needs. Clear commitments are essential to attract private investment, and maintaining policy space is crucial. This approach must be tailored to each country’s context to determine the most effective strategy. Capacity development is also vital, facilitated through RSF, which provides not just lending but also tailored policy advice to meet countries’ requirements.

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9 October 2014

Financing for development: What actions are needed on debt and illicit capital flows?

Notes of a meeting on financing for development at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

IFI governance

Background

9 October 2014

Matching money and expertise: ensuring conflict sensitivity is top of the agenda for the bank's fragile state financing

Notes of a meeting on matching money and expertise at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

IFI governance

Background

9 October 2014

After SCOTUS: Next steps in sovereign debt restructuring

Notes of a meeting on sovereign debt restructuring after SCOTUS at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

IFI governance

Background

9 October 2014

IFC lending through financial intermediaries - a year on from the action plan, what have we learned?

Notes of a meeting on IFC lending through financial intermediaries at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

IFI governance

Background

8 October 2014

Governance and impact report 2014

Notes of a meeting on governance and impact report 2014 at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

IFI governance

Background

8 October 2014

Comparative analysis of social and environmental safeguards in IFIs

Notes of a meeting on comparative analysis of social and environmental safeguards in IFIs at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

IFI governance

Background

8 October 2014

Emerging markets in transition: growth prospects and challenges

Notes of a meeting on emerging markets in transition at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

IFI governance

Background

8 October 2014

Making PPPs work

Notes of a meeting on how to make PPPs work at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

IFI governance

Background

7 October 2014

CSO roundtable with Executive Directors

Notes of CSO roundtable with Executive Directors at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

IFI governance

Background

7 October 2014

CSO land rights and resettlement

Notes of a meeting with CSOs on land rights and resettlement at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2014

Conditionality

Background

22 April 2014 | Minutes

Reforming IMF conditionality. Where do we stand?

IFI governance

Background

12 April 2014

An overview of the World Bank Group's new country engagement model

Conditionality

Background

12 April 2014

IMF recommendations to Arab countries in transition: Challenges & prospects

Finance

Background

11 April 2014

Financial tremors in developing countries: is another earthquake on the way?

IFI governance

Background

11 April 2014

What does real accountability mean in practice?

IFI governance

Background

9 April 2014

Mega-project mania?

IFI governance

Background

23 January 2014 | Resource

Recommended resources on the World Bank and IMF 2013

The best papers, books and electronic resources on the World Bank and IMF from 2013.

Rights

Background

14 October 2013 | Minutes

Review and update of the World Bank’s safeguard policies

Minutes from a side event with the World Bank safeguards team presenting an update on the review process during the World Bank/IMF annual meetings 2013.

IFI governance

Background

13 October 2013 | Minutes

Meeting president Kim’s pledge of “no dilution” for safeguards

Minutes of a civil society meeting on upward harmonisation of World Bank safeguards during the World Bank/IMF annual meetings 2013.

IFI governance

Background

13 October 2013 | Minutes

Continuing conversations with CAO

Minutes from a CAO sponsored event during the 2013 World Bank/IMF annual meetings.

IFI governance

Background

13 October 2013 | Minutes

World Bank Group strategy and reform process

Minutes from a World Bank sponsored event on the new World Bank Group strategy during the 2013 WB/IMF annual meetings.

IFI governance

Background

13 October 2013 | Minutes

Why the Bank and Fund provide too little debt relief too late – and what can be done about it

Expert panelists discuss the need for comprehensive and automatic debt restructuring mechanisms, at the Annual Meetings 2013 civil society forum

IFI governance

Background

13 October 2013 | Minutes

Is the European recovery finally under way?

CEPR event at the 2013 civil society forum on whether a recovery is under way in Europe; held as a debate between Prakash Loungani of the IMF's research department and Mark Weisbrot, CEPR co-director.

IFI governance

Background

13 October 2013 | Minutes

Subsidy reform in Arab countries: Reflection on IMF recommendations

New America Foundation civil society event on subsidy reform in Arab countries, held in the civil society forum of the 2013 IMF/World Bank annual meetings

IFI governance

Background

12 October 2013 | Minutes

Austerity and Inequality in Europe

Minutes from Oxfam-hosted civil society seminar at 2013 Annual meetings on European austerity and inequality

IFI governance

Background

10 October 2013 | Minutes

IMF consultation: CSO views on fiscal transparency policy

Minutes of an IMF consultation on fiscal transparency policy

IFI governance

Background

25 April 2013 | Minutes

Doing Business at the crossroads: ten years

Spring meetings side event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies on 19 April 2013

Infrastructure

Background

23 April 2013 | Minutes

Colombia case study: results measurement and poverty eradication

This session examined Colombia's private sector partnerships and poverty eradication programme.

IFI governance

Background

23 April 2013 | Minutes

The private sector and poverty eradication

This session gave an overview on the links between private sector and healthcare provision in tackling poverty.

Accountability

Background

22 April 2013 | Minutes

Bending the arc of poverty

The session focused on the World Bank's development strategy, poverty eradication goals, global inequality, and the threat of climate change.

Accountability

Background

22 April 2013 | Minutes

Financial and housing crises, the Bank's safeguards and the right to adequate housing

This session featured a presentation from UN special rapporteur on the links between financial and housing crises, safeguards and the right to adequate housing.

Accountability

Background

22 April 2013 | Minutes

The challenges of advancing sustainability at the World Bank

This panel discussion reflected on the major sustainability challenges facing the World Bank through exploring two World Resources Institute areas - a portfolio analysis on 2012 projects, and the interaction between country systems and World Bank safeguard approaches.

IFI governance

Background

22 April 2013 | Minutes

From the Arab revolutions to global austerity trends

This session examined issues thrown up by the Arab revolutions, including the fiscal, monetary, tax and investment policies being considered by governments facilitating, or hindering countries in the Arab and other regions in building an inclusive economy and supporting socioeconomic recovery, the impact on public expenditure for the strengthening of education, health, and other social sectors as well as the management of chronic and high unemployment and high food and fuel prices.

IFI governance

Background

18 April 2013 | Minutes

After recent court decisions: how can sovereign debt workouts become fair, comprehensive and account

This session examines the challenges which recent court decisions pose to sovereign debt workouts that allow for burden-sharing and take into account the social development needs of debtor countries.

Knowledge

Background

18 April 2013 | Minutes

Frameworks to support IMF policy advice to low-income countries

This event examined financial Sector Surveillance in Low Income Countries - Financial Deepening and Macro-stability Financial Deepening and Macro-Stability

Accountability

Background

18 February 2013 | Minutes

UK Civil Society Meeting with Minister of State Rt Hon Alan Duncan MP

This was a meeting on 1 October 2012, between the Minister of State of the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) and civil society representatives, focusing on the World Bank.

IFI governance

Background

13 October 2012 | Minutes

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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24 April 2024

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G24 communiqué analysis Spring Meetings 2024: Calls for reform, not protectionism

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24 April 2024

IFI governance

Analysis

Spring Meetings 2024 Wrap Up: Despite mounting crises, persistent lack of political will to match rhetoric with action remains

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24 April 2024

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Analysis

Development Committee chair’s statement analysis Spring Meetings 2024: Bank shareholder division hinders reforms required to address global challenges

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22 April 2024

IFI governance

Background

Adequate disclosure, public review, and consultation for environmental and social impacts before World Bank Group financing decisions

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum on 19 April 2024 titled, "Adequate disclosure, public review, and consultation for environmental and social impacts before World Bank Group financing decisions".

19 April 2024 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Beyond size in IDA21 replenishment: What about socio-economic transformation?

Notes from Civil Society Policy Forum panel 19 April titled, "Beyond size in IDA21 replenishment: What about soci0-economic transformation?"

19 April 2024 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Making the new Loss and Damage Fund a success – Recommendations by climate vulnerable civil society

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum session on 18 April 2024 titled, "Making the new Loss and Damage Fund a success – Recommendations by climate vulnerable civil society"

18 April 2024 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

The polycrisis: How unchecked public debt fuels corruption and bad governance

Notes from the Civil Society Policy Forum on 18 April titled "The polycrisis: How unchecked public debt fuels corruption and bad governance."

18 April 2024 | Minutes