Conditionality impacts

IFI governance

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The IMF to evaluate its role in determining aid resources to African countries

The IMF's Independent Evaluation Office is undertaking a timely review of the Fund's role in determining aid resources in sub-Saharan Africa, examining the Fund's policy advice and programme design in these countries and its impact.

20 December 2005

Environment

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UK parliament hearings on World Bank, IMF

The UK all-party committee on international development held its evidence session on the annual meetings of the World Bank and IMF in October, with evidence heard from the Bretton Woods Project and the Rainforest Foundation, secretary of state for international development Hilary Benn, and representatives of the Treasury.

21 November 2005

IFI governance

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OED slates Bank development effectiveness

In October, the Operations Evaluation Department published a report summarising lessons from recent evaluations; Bank management, in unusually strong language, has expressed concerns about both the methodology OED used to reach its conclusions, and the conclusions themselves.

21 November 2005

Accountability

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World Bank anti-corruption: discourse versus practice

A new report from corruption watchdog Transparency International indicates that despite improved efforts by the World Bank on corruption ahead of other regional development banks, there is still a striking inconsistency between the discourse and practice of the Bank. A new US anti-corruption bill and an oil revenue agreement with Chad are the latest tests.

21 November 2005

Accountability

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IFI ‘aid for trade’ carrot ahead of Hong Kong trade summit

Details of the BWIs aid for trade package were unveiled at the annual meetings, as officials turned up the pressure to reach a deal at the upcoming trade summit in Hong Kong.

21 November 2005

Finance

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Roundtable on aid effectiveness

Highlights of a roundtable on aid effectiveness with Sebastien Mallaby, Washington Post columnist, Steve Radelet, CGD, Saifur Rahman, Bangladeshi minister of finance, and Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, Ugandan central bank governor.

27 September 2005

Conditionality

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IMF mission creep continues in low-income countries

Highlights of a meeting where IMF staff outlined plans for a new facility for countries experiencing 'exogenous shocks', a new 'policy support instrument' to signal policy quality of non-borrowers, and reviewed the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility, the Fund's lending vehicle for low-income countries.

27 September 2005

Trade

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A bottom-line perspective on the Doha development agenda

Highlights of a joint World Bank-IMF-civil society session, where NGOs and the Bank and Fund debated IFI plans to support the WTO Doha round of trade negotiations.

24 September 2005

Conditionality

News

Bank policies for growth have failed

A meeting hosted by ActionAid, Christian Aid and the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)…

24 September 2005

Knowledge

News

UK cuts through World Bank spin on conditionality

The business-as-usual findings emerging from a Bank review of conditionality released late July have been challenged by the British government and are contradicted by the findings of a study by Irish NGO Debt and Development Coalition.

12 September 2005