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World Bank and civil society engagement: a new direction?

A civil society perspective on the World Bank global civil society forum and the future of civil society and World Bank engagement, by Moreblessings Chidaushe, Afrodad

13 June 2005 | Guest comment

Rights

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People’s assembly demands justice from World Bank

Villagers of Badin district in southeastern Pakistan are demanding compensation from the World Bank for a drainage infrastructure project that has wrought environmental devastation and led to the loss of lives.

10 April 2005 | Guest comment

Social services

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The role of World Bank and IMF post-tsunami in Indonesia

The Paris Club communiqu

26 January 2005 | Guest comment

Trade

News

Bankspeak of the year 2004

2004 was a bumper year for new acronyms from the masters of the art form. But three new outstanding additions deserve special mention.

26 January 2005 | Humour

Social services

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The private sector in Ghana’s water - a strategy to serve or steal?

Rudolf Amenga-Etego of GrassrootsAfrica comments that the Ghanaian government must re-prioritise the national budget in favour of the water sector. However, this will only be possible if the international financial institutions are restrained.

22 November 2004 | Guest comment

Rights

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Boycott statement of London IFC/civil society meeting

Statement by UK civil society organisations regarding their reasons for boycotting the IFC's consultation meeting of 1 November 2004 on the revision of safeguards and disclosure policy

8 November 2004 | Statement

Social services

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Contradictions in the World Banks India Country Assistance Strategy

In August, representatives of social movements, national alliances and civil society organisations met in New Delhi and issued a statement explicitly rejecting the Bank's strategy for India.

21 September 2004 | Guest comment

Social services

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“Middle-income country”? Over half live in poverty

The recently announced four-year programme of the World Bank for Mexico overstates the involvement of civil society and fails to address the real causes of poverty.

26 July 2004 | Guest comment

Conditionality

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Lula and Kirchner want IMF to relax its grip

A new initiative to rewrite the rules of engagement with the IMF could mark the biggest change in creditor-debtor relations in a generation.

24 May 2004 | Guest comment

Conditionality

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Life under the IMF’s magnifying glass:

The Fund takes to micro-management in Zambia to ensure compliance with belt tightening measures, threatening civil unrest.

5 April 2004 | Guest comment

Infrastructure

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The World Bank's high-risk hypocrisy

the World Bank is not serious about the social and environmental policies it trumpets at global conferences. Senior World Bank staff in its India office indicated that they neither know nor care about procedures that are supposed to make its infrastructure lending socially responsible. This represents institutional hypocrisy.

5 April 2004 | Guest comment

IFI governance

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Are you listening carefully?

Whatever changes in the World Bank and IMF, one thing remains constant. The flood of…

5 April 2004 | Humour