Activism

Rights

News

African right to water

Activists, academics and civil society met in Accra 12-14 May for a conference entitled "Corporate Globalisation & the Scramble for Africa's Water: scrutinising the roles of Bretton Woods Institutions & donor community".

26 May 2003

Rights

News

Debate continues over services report

As the window for consultation on the draft of the World Development Report 2004 (WDR), Making Services Work for the Poor, draws to a close, debate continues. In response to civil society criticism of the November outline, the March draft of the Report strikes a more nuanced tone on some of the more contentious issues.

26 May 2003

Environment

News

Asia-Pacific groups walk out of Bank extractives review

Civil society groups walked out of the Asia-Pacific meeting of the World Bank Extractive Industries Review (EIR) at the end of April. Coming after many other complaints about the process this raises major questions about whether the results of the Review - due to be released in December - can be portrayed as the result of a fair multi-stakeholder engagement.

26 May 2003

Rights

News

Find critical perspectives on the IFIs

Search with the new IFIwatchnet search engine for a broad range of independent and critical perspectives on the IFIs.

26 May 2003

Rights

News

Bank timid steps on land reform

The World Bank’s Land Policy department is preparing a Policy Research Report on land reform, which NGOs criticise for too heavily favouring a market-assisted approach.

26 May 2003

Rights

News

Gender and the World Bank: climbing the Himalayas ?

Women rights advocates met in Washington DC on April 10 to discuss ways to promote gender equality at the World Bank.

30 April 2003

Rights

News

Video conference etiquette explained

More handy tips from the World Bank.

1 April 2003

Rights

Analysis

The World Bank, the IMF and “results”: increasing dominance in development policy lending

The World Bank and IMF are making an audacious grab to consolidate their roles as judge and jury of countries’ policies with a plan to conduct “regular reporting on the implementation of the policies and actions for achieving the MDGs and related development outcomes”.

1 April 2003 | At Issue

Rights

News

Open statement on steps to democratize the World Bank and IMF

Following the Monterrey conference on Financing for Development a number of official discussions are underway about changing the governance regime of international institutions.

1 April 2003

Rights

News

IMF debt plan controversial

Hopes are fading at the IMF for its proposal of a mechanism to restructure poor countries debt as opposition mounts.

1 April 2003