Compliance mechanisms

Accountability

News

Deforestation and double standards

As the Bank prepares to launch its Forest Carbon Partnership Facility forestry experts fear that this framework will benefit industrial scale logging.

5 October 2007

Accountability

News

Gender practice fails to live up to commitments

US NGO Gender Action has published three papers illustrating the gulf between the IFIs' stated commitment to gender equality and the actual gender dimension of their investments.

5 October 2007

Accountability

News

Ghana Inspection Panel request

COHRE has filed a complaint to the Inspection Panel.

5 October 2007

Accountability

News

New staff at Inspection Panel

In September Roberto Lenton of Argentina started at the Inspection Panel

5 October 2007

Accountability

Analysis

Consolidating ideology in law?

The World Bank has vastly increased the resources it commits to good governance, with a large portion of that going to a complex and under-researched area: legal and judicial reform. Researcher Victoria Harris explores how the Bank uses such reforms to cement in place its preferred market-based development paradigm.

25 July 2007 | At Issue

Accountability

News

Spanish parliamentary oversight of IFIs

On 30 May, the Spanish parliament approved a motion requiring the executive to report annually on Spanish positions adopted at the World Bank and IMF.

2 July 2007

Accountability

Background

Highlights of UK NGO meeting with UK Executive Director to the WB/IMF Tom Scholar

Highlights of a 22 June 2007 meeting between UK NGOs and UK executive director to the World Bank and IMF, Tom Scholar. Issues covered included review of the Bank's transport strategy, avoided deforestation, conditionality, debt, social protection and IFI governance.

25 June 2007 | Minutes

Accountability

News

US-European showdown: watching and waiting over Wolfowitz

Three days after the release of the report of the ad hoc committee which found Wolfowitz guilty of grave ethical and governance violations, the board is still deliberating on a decision. The report investigating Bank president Wolfowitz's improprieties in negotiating a pay raise and promotion for his partner, Shaha Ali Riza found him guilty as charged. Deadlock has since ensued at the World Bank between the US executive director and European lead constituencies

17 May 2007

Accountability

News

Wolfowitz affair approaches day of reckoning

Week five of the scandal at the World Bank over president Paul Wolfowitz's promotion of partner Shaha Riza started with the resignation of one of Wolfowitz's inner circle, advisor Kevin Kellems. It was not a good omen, as things have gone from bad to worse for the embattled president.

11 May 2007

Accountability

News

Wolfowitz saga turns ugly

The fourth week of the drama unfolding at the World Bank over president Paul Wolfowitz’s promotion of partner Shaha Riza has raised more question marks over Wolfowitz’s judgment during his time at the Bank, further calls for his resignation, and widespread recognition of the need to end the fix which sees the president chosen by the US administration.

4 May 2007