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".
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.
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.
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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.
Women rights advocates met in Washington DC on April 10 to discuss ways to promote gender equality at the World Bank.
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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”.
Following the Monterrey conference on Financing for Development a number of official discussions are underway about changing the governance regime of international institutions.
Hopes are fading at the IMF for its proposal of a mechanism to restructure poor countries debt as opposition mounts.