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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.
NGO preparations are already underway for the World Bank’s 2000 annual meetings.
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).
UK NGO Christian Aid has begun a research project on the role of civil society groups in Consultative Group and Round Table donor coordination and planning bodies.
The Women’s Eyes campaign was launched by women’s movements and NGOs to monitor World Bank progress in bringing its lending operations in line with the Platform for Action of the Fourth World Conference on Women Beijing Women’s Summit in 1995.
Kathy Bain, Latin America civil society specialist at the World Bank, has written a draft paper on The Accountability of Trans-National NGO Networks in Policy Alliances with the World Bank.
In October the Bank Information Center held a strategy meeting for 80 people from NGOs and foundations concerned about the World Bank.
The IMF is holding a meeting in late May in Ghana to explain its strategy to NGOs there.