Activists from across the US will converge in Washington to protest at the IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings.
In February, about 300 activists from the Student Federation of Thailand, the Forum of the Poor and labour groups burnt effigies of IMF managing-director Michel Camdessus and some Thai politicians in a protest in Bangkok where officials were attending the UNCTAD-X meeting.
NGO activists in Jakarta wrote an open letter to World Bank President James Wolfensohn in February, asking him to meet directly with the people to hear their own solutions to reverse Indonesia’s economic decline based on small-scale, local initiatives.
Washington DC-based NGO Bank Information Centre (BIC) has produced toolkits to help citizens more effectively engage with and influence the World Bank.
In late November more than 300 people from mass and tribal organisations from the Indian state of Madya Pradesh, blockaded the World Bank office in Delhi.
The Economist (11th December 1999) carried a lengthy article on NGO campaigning on international institutions.
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A small group of NGOs has begun to discuss common initiatives towards the World Bank/IMF annual meetings in Prague next September.
On 15 August the Chinese Government arrested three people for trying to investigate the World Bank Western Poverty Project.
The Bank’s NGO Unit has commissioned a needs assessment of communications strategies between the World Bank and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).