Capacity building

Accountability

News

Update on the Integrated Framework

The Integrated Framework for Technical Assistance to the Least Developed Countries (IF) is a multi-agency initiative to coordinate national ministries, donors and multilateral agencies in the provision of trade-related capacity building.

26 May 2003

Rights

News

Trade and PRSP study

UK-based Christian Aid has commissioned the Overseas Development Institute to analyse the trade content of PRSPs.

1 April 2003

Rights

News

NGO work on trade-finance coherence

A coalition of NGOs have drafted suggestions for the work agenda for the WTO working group on trade, debt and finance.

1 April 2003

Accountability

News

New report queries World Bank influence over PRSP analysis

The World Bank plays a powerful role in determining the policies chosen by PRSP countries. A new report provides a critical assessment of the current moves to introduce Poverty and Social Impact Analysis (PSIA), and recommends taking further action to break the Bank’s near monopoly on development analysis and control of policy formulation process.

17 September 2002

Conditionality

News

Bank “cornering market” in trade capacity building

The Bank’s role in trade capacity building affords enormous influence over the hearts and minds of trade policy makers and the way in which trade is mainstreamed into national development plans. The initial experience of the Integrated Framework programme shows that there is reason for concern.

17 September 2002

Knowledge

Analysis

Cornering the Market: The World Bank and trade capacity building

The Bank’s role in trade capacity building affords enormous influence over the hearts and minds of trade policy makers and the way in which trade is mainstreamed into national development plans. The initial experience of the Integrated Framework programme shows that there is reason for concern. (September 2002)

16 September 2002 | Briefings

Accountability

Commentary

Trade policy capacity-building statement

Joint Civil Society Statement Originally Prepared For Donor Pledging Meeting

25 March 2002 | Press release

Accountability

News

Trade policy training challenged, but donors commit more funds

The heads of six major international institutions met to discuss their roles in trade policy formulation. They agreed that the World Bank should play a “lead role”, ensuring that trade policy reform is a major part of PRSPs. NGOs released a statement of concern about official approaches to trade policy capacity building, but donors allocated more money.

25 March 2002

Accountability

Analysis

Bank and Fund take on terror

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund appear to have carved out roles for themselves in the “international war against terrorism” through their institutional framework (November 2001).

17 January 2002 | Briefings

Accountability

News

World Bank, WTO Links Strengthened

Developing countries’ exports, particularly agriculture and textiles, should have comprehensive and predictable duty-and quota-free access to rich countries markets if they are to benefit from outward-oriented reforms, concluded the Development Committee.

14 June 2000