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.
NGO preparations are already underway for the World Bank’s 2000 annual meetings.
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.
In March the Bank Board discussed the Bank’s approach to NGOs.
The IMF is holding a meeting in late May in Ghana to explain its strategy to NGOs there.
The Bank-commissioned Handbook on Good Practices for Laws Relating to Non-Governmental Organisations has been criticised in a report by the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights.
The magazine Bankcheck, jointly produced by the International Rivers Network and the Development Group for Alternative Policies, has ceased production after 7 years of informative critical analysis of the World Bank and IMF.
A recent paper argues that Southern governments should foster and expand democratic dialogue with NGOs in their countries.