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WB/IMF roles

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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

IFI governance

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IMF Governance Update

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

15 February 2001 | Briefings

WB/IMF roles

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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

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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

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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

WB/IMF roles

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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 | Briefings

Private Sector

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Assessing the IFC: for private gain or poverty reduction?

Bretton Woods Project contribution to compilation of analysis and case studies by a range of NGOs. (September 2000).

15 September 2000 | Paper

Conditionality

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The IMF’s Enhanced Structural Adjustment Facility: What Role for Development?

Although it has sought to adapt, the Fund still has particular difficulties in dealing effectively with low income countries. The introduction of ESAF was an important attempt at adaptation but its programmes are still too short term, the scale of support is often too small, and the policy conditions laid down are too blinkered.

14 June 2000 | Briefings

Conditionality

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What Role for the Multilateral Institutions, Donors, and NGOs in the New Framework for Poverty Eradi

This paper considers how the relationships and roles of intenational and national non-governmental organisations, donors and the multilateral institutions are likely to change as a result of new initiatives to put poverty reduction and country ownership at the centre of the development process (2000).

14 June 2000 | Briefings

WB/IMF roles

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Policing the Policemen - the case for an independent evaluation mechanism for the IMF

Briefing outlining the case for an independent evaluation unit for the IMF and setting out the outlines the principles on which it should function (1998).

14 June 2000 | Briefings

WB/IMF roles

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Beyond Meltzer

This briefing is a response to the “Meltzer Report” produced by the US congressional Committee led by Allan Meltzer on the roles of the IMF and World Bank. It examines the Committee’s recommendations and outlines why they are inappropriate and how they would actually increase the power of the IMF, whilst turning it into an institution that would serve the needs of private sector investors rather than assisting governments (2000).

14 June 2000 | Briefings

WB/IMF roles

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Partnerships For Development: A New World Bank Approach

The World Bank has produced a discussion paper, Partnership for Development: Proposed Actions for the World Bank, which presents a strategy for building ownership into the development process, developing partnerships between donors to fund government designed programmes and to make more effective use of aid resources (1998).

14 June 2000 | Briefings