The Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC), based in Cape Town, South Africa, has launched a newsletter to monitor the World Bank and IMF activities in Southern Africa.
The Asia Pacific Peoples’ Solidarity Conference will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, 7-10 June, 2001, organised by the Indonesian Centre for Reform and Social Emancipation (INCREASE ).
A new network has been launched to support NGO advocacy around freshwater issues.
A new World Bank-Civil Society Forum will be held each year.
Activists and NGOs in Washington marked the first anniversary of the Seattle-WTO protests by holding a counter-reception outside the IMF’s headquarters during the formal opening of its new visitor center.
OneWorld has launched DebtChannel.org, a global portal site on international debt.
In Hyderabad, India 20 political leaders and demonstrators were arrested for defying police orders prohibiting demonstrations during Bank President James Wolfensohn’s arrival in November.
In October, 50 supporters of Pakistani cricket hero-turned politician Imran Khan were arrested during a demonstration against the IMF.
Several NGOs from countries including the US, Thailand, the Czech Republic and South Africa released a “Prague Declaration” challenging the right of the IMF and World Bank and those who control them to dictate economic policy, and opposing the undemocratic and elitist character of the institutions and the meetings they hold.
A new collaborative website produced by a team including the Bretton Woods Project - www.