Briefings

Social services

Analysis

New World Bank/WHO trust fund for health: risks of misuse

Washington, DC, 26 April, 2001 - Italy and UK are taking the lead among G7 partners to set up a global trust fund of $1 billion to provide cheaper drugs for poor countries.

5 April 2001 | Briefings

IFI governance

Analysis

Success or failure? Wolfensohn’s reforms at the World Bank

The World Bank is again trumpeting the changes it has made during Wolfensohn’s Presidency. But recent Bank documents reveal that many problems remain. These include a failure to institute a system for monitoring staff contributions to results in alleviating poverty, taking on too many global issues, and failing to balance global goals and national programmes. In a recent survey only 33% of developing country government officials said they thought the Bank was “effective” in hel

5 April 2001 | Briefings

Conditionality

Analysis

Carrots and Sticks: a quick fix for IMF conditionality?

A short questions and answers briefing on the IMF’s approach to conditionality

5 April 2001 | Briefings

Social services

Analysis

The World Bank’s global public goods agenda: good for whom?

Prepared for the World Bank-IMF Spring meetings 2001, a short analysis of the World Bank’s understanding of the global public goods and which areas it plans to concentrate on.

5 April 2001 | Briefings

Conditionality

Analysis

Comments on the IMF staff’s review of conditionality

Bretton Woods Project comments on the IMF’s conditionality review

5 April 2001 | Briefings

IFI governance

Analysis

IMF Governance Update

Information on processes and opportunities for influencing the IMF's governance structures.

15 February 2001 | Briefings

Knowledge

Analysis

Overstretched and Underloved: World Bank faces strategy decisions

Argues that the Bank has become involved in too many issue areas and initiatives. There are significant tensions in trying to be a Bank, a social development agency, a Knowledge Bank and a Global Issues Bank all at the same time. Includes comments from Bank staff, parliamentarians and NGOs on how to resolve this (February 2001).

15 February 2001 | Briefings

WB/IMF roles

Analysis

IMF Governance Update

Information on processes and opportunities for influencing the IMF’s governance structures.

15 February 2001 | Briefings

WB/IMF roles

Analysis

Overstretched and Underloved: World Bank faces strategy decisions

Argues that the Bank has become involved in too many issue areas and initiatives. There are significant tensions in trying to be a Bank, a social development agency, a Knowledge Bank and a Global Issues Bank all at the same time. Includes comments from Bank staff, parliamentarians and NGOs on how to resolve this.

15 February 2001 | Briefings

WB/IMF roles

Analysis

Structural Adjustment for the IMF

Examines representation and power issues relating to the IMF’s Board, staff and management. Identifies and discusses reform proposals.

19 January 2001 | Briefings

Conditionality

Analysis

New Development Tools or Empty Acronyms?

The reality behind the Comprehensive Development Framework and Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (2000).

18 September 2000 | Briefings

WB/IMF roles

Analysis

A Crisis Of Identity? Conflicting Roles For The IMF

Two forces for change have converged on the IMF in recent years. The first is in relation to the financial crisis that swept across the globe in 1997 and 1998. The second has arisen from the pressure for debt cancellation to be linked to poverty reduction objectives and the acceptance that structural adjustment policies have failed to achieve lower levels of poverty.

18 September 2000 | Briefings