Briefings

IFI governance

Analysis

The World Bank And The State: A Recipe For Change?

Bretton Woods Project-commissioned riposte to the World Bank’s World Development Report, The State in a Changing World. (March 1998).

14 June 2000 | Briefings

Knowledge

Analysis

World Development reports: The Preparation Process

The World Bank’s World Development reports are written and marketed giving the impression that they convey broadly held views and contain objective research. Many civil society organisations feel, however, that they are selective and biased and that the Bank sees them largely as a tool for self-promotion and self-justification. Outlines proposals for clarifying and improving this situation (April 1998).

14 June 2000 | Briefings

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 | Briefings

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 | Briefings

Conditionality

Analysis

ESAF, Surviving The Spotlight?

The IMF has taken few steps to openly evaluate its operations. To try to remedy this situation, and in response to non-governmental organisations’ calls for a fully independent review mechanism, the IMF executive board decided to establish an ad hoc external review mechanism on a trial basis (1998).

14 June 2000 | Briefings

Knowledge

Analysis

The power of World Bank knowledge

For the enormous power and global reach the World Bank has today, relatively little formal debate exists on one critical aspect of its practices - the production of knowledge.

25 May 2000 | Briefings

Rights

Analysis

The power of World Bank knowledge

By Michael Goldman * For the enormous power and global reach the World Bank has…

24 May 2000 | Briefings

Environment

Analysis

World Bank and IMF: Dilemmas and Opportunities

Are the World Bank and IMF now taking environmental and social issues seriously?

25 June 1999 | Briefings

Environment

Analysis

Questioning the World Bank/IMF Growth Model

Questioning the Growth Model was a meeting organised jointly by the Bretton Woods Project and…

25 June 1999 | Briefings

Conditionality

Analysis

The “Perestroika Of Aid”? New Perspectives On Conditionality

This report considers the factors which have led to a proliferation of conditionality and the growing acceptance that it is not an effective tool for persuading governments to make reforms. It proposes that an alternative is to encourage “ownership” and to base lending agreements on “poverty focused” programmes developed at the national level (1999).

15 March 1999 | Briefings

Finance

Analysis

Assessing Assessing Aid

A discussion and critique of the main points in a prominent World Bank report on aid policy and conditionality - “Assessing Aid, What Works, What Doesn’t and Why”. The Bank’s report is very frank about the many failures of aid financing, but its proposals of targeting finance to good performing countries are controversial (1999).

15 January 1999 | Briefings