World Bank Group

IFI governance

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NGOWG Restructuring

The NGO World Bank Working Group is in the process of restructuring to become more regional and more representative.

15 January 1998

Infrastructure

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Chad Cameroon Indecision

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.

15 January 1998

IFI governance

News

Further IMF Review Delay

The external ESAF review has been delayed again for the consultants to finalise their report.

15 January 1998

IFI governance

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GEF: Gift Horse or Force for Change?

A critical study prepared for a meeting to discuss replenishing the Global Environment Facility, an international fund for environmental, criticises the World Bank’s use of the resources.

15 January 1998

Knowledge

News

Are the 2015 poverty targets realistic?

A draft World Bank report examines poverty trends and assesses whether economic growth will be sufficient to reduce poverty to the 2015 targets agreed by donor governments in the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee.

15 January 1998

IFI governance

News

World Bank Plans Profitable CO2 Trading

The Kyoto climate change meeting in December brought together ministers from 160 countries to agree binding restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions.

15 January 1998

IFI governance

News

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

News

IFC reviews roll off the production line

Largely due to the persistent efforts of NGOs and some Executive Directors, the International Finance Corporation (IFC-a private sector support arm of the World Bank Group) has unveiled a series of reviews and new initiatives.

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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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

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

IFI governance

News

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