Briefing

IFI governance

Analysis

IMF Governance Update

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

15 February 2001 | Briefing

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 | Briefing

WB/IMF roles

Analysis

IMF Governance Update

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

15 February 2001 | Briefing

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 | Briefing

Conditionality

Analysis

New Development Tools or Empty Acronyms?

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

18 September 2000 | Briefing

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 | Briefing

WB/IMF roles

Analysis

Comments on the paper “Making The IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office (EVO) Operational&

The Bretton Woods Project welcomes the establishment of an EVO.

18 September 2000 | Briefing

Finance

Analysis

Preface: “Drowning By Numbers”

This paper considers whether private sector flows is an effective alternative to development assistance. It examines the implications of increased private sector inflows in terms of the potential to create unsustainable debt burdens and to tie the hands of policy makers to a limited set of policies critical for foreign investors but potentially detrimental to the domestic economy.

14 June 2000 | Briefing

Conditionality

Analysis

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

In January 1999, Wolfensohn revealed the Comprehensive Development Framework, which frames his agenda for the Bank. This is a short examination of some of the issues raised by this announcement (July 1999).

14 June 2000 | Briefing

Finance

Analysis

Drowning By Numbers - Executive Summary

This paper considers whether private sector flows is an effective alternative to development assistance. It examines the implications of increased private sector inflows in terms of the potential to create unsustainable debt burdens and to tie the hands of policy makers to a limited set of policies critical for foreign investors but potentially detrimental to the domestic economy.

14 June 2000 | Briefing

Conditionality

Analysis

The IMF’s Final Frontier? Assessing “Second Generation” Reforms

The “second generation” reforms are aimed at implementing policies for the common good, particularly social policies that will help to alleviate poverty and provide more equal opportunity. It would appear that the IMF views itself no longer as simply an institution to achieve macroeconomic stabilisation objectives but is focused much more on structural issues, issues which have previously been the remit of the World Bank (1997).

14 June 2000 | Briefing

IFI governance

Analysis

The State in a Changing World

Critical analysis of the Bank’s 1997 World Development Report, The Role of the State. Written by Nicholas Hildyard, commissioned by the Bretton Woods Project

14 June 2000 | Briefing