WTO

Conditionality

News

World Bank on Special and Differential Treatment: Bad Economics, Worse Politics

As if the debate on Special and Differential Treatment (SDT) at the WTO wasn’t heated enough, the World Bank has decided to up the temperature a little with its own, highly partisan, contribution.

1 May 2003

Rights

News

NGO work on trade-finance coherence

A coalition of NGOs have drafted suggestions for the work agenda for the WTO working group on trade, debt and finance.

1 April 2003

Trade

Background

Bank trade map

New Bretton Woods Update feature providing readers with an easy-to-understand summary of the Bank’s work on trade, relevant contacts and web information.

26 November 2002 | Inside the institutions

Conditionality

News

Bank “cornering market” in trade capacity building

The Bank’s role in trade capacity building affords enormous influence over the hearts and minds of trade policy makers and the way in which trade is mainstreamed into national development plans. The initial experience of the Integrated Framework programme shows that there is reason for concern.

17 September 2002

IFI governance

News

Bank launches trade tome

The release of Development, Trade and the WTO: A Handbook signals the World Bank’s rapidly increasing involvement in trade issues, triggering fears that its policy biases will gain too influential a foothold.

24 July 2002

IFI governance

News

ILO Africa Director rebukes WB and IMF

Africa Regional Director for the ILO, Regina Amadi-Njoku, at a trade union conference in Nairobi, said globalisation was responsible for the decline of Africa’s status in the global economy.

24 July 2002

Accountability

News

WB, parliamentarians meet in Switzerland

Around two hundred parliamentarians from Europe, Asia and Africa gathered in Switzerland.

24 July 2002

Conditionality

Background

The Ugandan PRSP Experience

Meeting with Rick Rowden, RESULTS, 31 May 2002

8 May 2002 | Minutes

Accountability

News

World Bank/IMF meetings attract praise and protests

The World Bank and IMF spring meetings in Washington attracted praise from some NGO campaigners and anger from street protesters.

8 May 2002

Accountability

Commentary

Trade policy capacity-building statement

Joint Civil Society Statement Originally Prepared For Donor Pledging Meeting

25 March 2002 | Press release

Accountability

News

Trade policy training challenged, but donors commit more funds

The heads of six major international institutions met to discuss their roles in trade policy formulation. They agreed that the World Bank should play a “lead role”, ensuring that trade policy reform is a major part of PRSPs. NGOs released a statement of concern about official approaches to trade policy capacity building, but donors allocated more money.

25 March 2002

Environment

News

Sustainability requires international institutional reforms

As the World Bank prepares a number of documents for the next big summit - on Sustainable Development - independent researchers have set out an agenda for international institutional reforms.

25 March 2002