News

Rights

News

Sydney Workers’ Rights Push

World Bank officials at a conference in Sydney last November were pressed by AID/WATCH and trade union officials to introduce mandatory labour standards.

15 January 1998

Knowledge

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“Include poor in poverty solutions”: new Bank Report

In an annually repeated ritual the World Bank has "reaffirmed the central importance of poverty…

15 January 1998

Accountability

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IDA Discussions Start

Paula Donovan, the World Bank staff member in charge of raising funds for the Bank’s soft loan arm the International Development Association (IDA), has undertaken a series of meetings designed to reassure parliamentarians and NGOs.

15 January 1998

IFI governance

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Dams Commission Nears Agreement

The World Commission on Dams, looks likely to start operations this Spring.

15 January 1998

IFI governance

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UK White Paper Suggestions

The UK Government’s White Paper on International Development, launched in November, made excellent statements about focussing more firmly on poverty and the environment but lacked detail on specific policy targets for the World Bank and IMF.

15 January 1998

IFI governance

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Forest Policy Reviews

The World Bank has agreed to carry out a forest policy implementation review followed by a Forest Sector Strategy review over the next few months.

15 January 1998

Rights

News

Bankcheck RIP

The magazine Bankcheck, jointly produced by the International Rivers Network and the Development Group for Alternative Policies, has ceased production after 7 years of informative critical analysis of the World Bank and IMF.

15 January 1998

Social services

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Mozambican groups criticise CAS consultation

Civil society organisations in Mozambique have reacted angrily to the lack of civil society participation in the preparation of the Bank’s latest Country Assistance Strategy (CAS).

15 January 1998

Finance

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IMF criticism grows as S. E. Asia Crisis Worsens

Doubts about the IMF’s capacity to deal with international currency problems are mounting as the South East Asian crisis worsens despite the IMF’s bail-out efforts.

15 January 1998

Rights

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Social aspects of WB analysis under scrutiny

A lead article in Development Anthropologist contains a fascinating account of the World Bank’s approach to social issues.

15 January 1998

Conditionality

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Trigger conditions explained

A country assistance strategy (CAS) identifies “high”, “base” and “low” case lending scenarios - which one a country initially receives depends on its economic prospects.

15 January 1998

Finance

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Aiding banks or people?

The IMF’s interventions have again raised discussions of who bears the burden of financial crises.

15 January 1998