The World Bank Campaign Europe in conjunction with the Indian Permanent Peoples' Tribunal held a public hearing on the World Bank in October.
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The World Bank developed its campaign to 'combat' climate change through curbing carbon emissions from deforestation in tropical countries, but nobody noticed that the Bank, through its lending and development policies, has been promoting deforestation in tropical countries like Indonesia.
In Europe, Asia and the United States, civil society has campaigned for reform of the World Bank through the replenishment process of the International Development Association.
Bangladesh’s caretaker government, which has been in power since a political crisis over elections in late 2006, has faced controversy over its negotiations with the IMF for a new programme following the end of Bangladesh’s PRGF in June.
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In May, IFIwatchnet, an online portal that connects organisations worldwide which are monitoring international financial institutions, relaunched with a new interface, a site redesign, and a wiki.
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Maria Clara Couto Soares of ActionAid Brazil and Joy Chavez of Focus on the Global South reflect on their mistreatment at the hands of the Singaporean authorities at the 2006 World Bank-IMF annual meetings.
The annual meetings of the World Bank and the IMF in Singapore faced controversy over the ‘blacklisting’ of civil society participants.