DRAFT action points and notes identified by participants to the WB-CSO dialogue held at WaterAid in London on 18-19 November.
The development policy dialogue team is the principal point of contact for parliamentarians and parliamentary organizations at the World Bank. It runs their global parliamentary outreach and is based in the Vice Presidency for Europe. It was instrumental in the creation of PNoWB in 2000.
Summary of key points discussed at the meeting on 20 September between Secretary of State Hilary Benn, and UK NGOs
Meeting with UK Executive Director to the WB and IMF, Tom Scholar, Annual Meetings 2004, 14 September
The aim of the meeting was to discuss the final version of the World Bank Management Report to the EIR, and consider what implications this will now have for project implementation and lending in recipient countries.
German minister for economic cooperation and development, Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul held a now-customary meeting with NGOs. On the agenda was debt, financing of the MDGs and so-called 'voice' issues.
This year's Reality of Aid report focuses on Governance and Human Rights in International Cooperation. It was produced by a global network of civil society organizations from both the north and south. The report calls for all actors in the global aid regime to entrench the discourse of human rights in international cooperation.
This meeting, which had been set up by the IFC, was attended by World Bank and IFC staff, private sector consultants and law firms, and a small number of NGO representatives. However, it was boycotted by a large group of non-governmental organisations. A representative of the group outlined reasons for the group's decision not to participate at the meeting in a formal statement, signed by 24 civil society representatives.
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.
A panel was held with southern country officials to discuss the democratic deficit at the World Bank and IMF.
A panel discussion on the World Bank's gender work on conflict prevention and reconstruction
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.