The NGO network Women’s Eyes on the World Bank has produced a report examining the Bank’s efforts to bring its lending practices into line with the steps agreed at the 1995 World Conference on Women.
The external ESAF review has been delayed again for the consultants to finalise their report.
Following NGO scrutiny of the World Bank’s plans to support the Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline scheme the Bank appears to be reconsidering its use of IDA (soft loan) money for the project.
The IMF and World Bank should reform their constitutional rules and decision-making procedures and practices if they are to achieve the standard of good governance they themselves have defined for borrowing members.
The 1998 World Development Report (WDR) will address issues of “Knowledge and Information for Development”.
The world’s richest countries’ annual summit will take place in Birmingham, UK, this year from 15-17 May.