Aid

Accountability

News

Green light for revised PforR, but concerns remain

The World Bank board has approved the controversial new Program-for-Results (PforR) lending instrument, with some concessions to criticism.

7 February 2012

IFI governance

News

DFID's multilateral funding questioned

The UK parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has questioned the government's rationale for increasing funds to multilateral agencies, such as the World Bank.

21 November 2011

IFI governance

News

New World Bank corporate scorecard: adding value?

After discussions with the executive board and staff, but no public consultation, the Bank released a "corporate scorecard" in September, aiming to provide "a snapshot of the Bank's overall performance" to help "strategic dialogue between management and the board on progress made and areas that need attention."

18 November 2011

Finance

Background

Real Aid

Notes of a panel discussion, Washington DC, 21 September 2011

23 September 2011 | Minutes

Rights

Analysis

Navigating complex dilemmas

The World Development Report 2011: Conflict, Security and Development is shifting the language of international policy on supporting peace and development in fragile and conflict-affected countries. Monica Stephen of International Alert examines how the World Bank's operations need to adjust to support peace and development.

16 September 2011 | At Issue

Finance

News

Bank upgrade of Zambia fails to impress

The World Bank's reclassification of Zambia from low-income country to lower middle-income country has been hailed as an economic achievement by Zambia's president Rupiah Banda, but is less celebrated in other quarters.

14 September 2011

Finance

News

UK announces priorities for World Bank

In August the UK released its priorities for reform of the World Bank.

14 September 2011

Accountability

News

Programmed for Results?

In August, the Bank released a policy paper and draft operational policy for its controversial new Program For Results (P4R) lending instrument, aiming to rush through its approval by the end of the year, despite significant concerns.

14 September 2011

Finance

News

IEG slams World Bank trust funds

IEG report slams Bank trust funds for contributing to ineffective aid.

14 September 2011

Accountability

News

IEG annual report slates World Bank's education work

The Bank's Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) released its annual report at end August, again finding shortfalls and uneven results across the World Bank Group. While the Bank's leadership has steered the institution towards more private sector work, outcomes in the education sector and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have dropped substantially.

13 September 2011