Conditionality impacts

Trade

News

Fund economists whistle different trade tune

In two recent papers, Fund economists have questioned the institution's strict adherence to the free trade doctrine.

12 September 2005

Social services

News

IMF accused of exacerbating famine in Niger

The IMF's external relations department has spent the last two months furiously rebuffing charges that the Fund has exacerbated famine in Niger. The debate centres around the impact of structural adjustment measures and accusations that donors initially refused to allow the government to distribute free food to affected areas.

12 September 2005

Social services

News

IMF conditions blocks achievement of goals in education, health

Two papers by ActionAid International, released at the UN Millennium Review Summit in New York in September, point the finger at the IMF for blocking achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

12 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.

11 August 2005

Rights

News

The G8, the World Bank and the IMF: Debt, aid and trade implications

At their 6 - 8 July summit in Gleneagles Scotland, G8 leaders tasked the World Bank and the IMF with much of the follow-up on their commitments on debt reduction, increased aid and fairer trade.

12 July 2005

Environment

News

The G8, the World Bank and climate change

Environmentalists expressed dismay at the G8’s failure to make progress on the issue of climate change. What will be the World Bank’s involvement in the follow-up programme?

11 July 2005

Environment

Background

Highlights of meeting between Tom Scholar and UK NGOS

Highlights of meeting between Tom Scholar and UK NGOS

28 June 2005 | Minutes

Accountability

News

G8 cancellation of World Bank, IMF debt: "step forward"

Finance ministers of the world's richest countries agreed to write off $40 to $55 billion of debts owed to the World Bank, IMF and African Development Bank. Statements on aid effectiveness and trade in the final communiqu

13 June 2005

Land

News

Setbacks to privatisations across Africa

The collapse of a flagship water privatisation in Tanzania, and opposition to both a planned privatisation of the state cotton board and the completed privatisation of the state railway in Mali, highlight the continuing struggle over pressure from the Bretton Woods institutions to privatise in Africa.

13 June 2005

Land

News

Aid, death and dogma

A report released in May by UK NGO Christian Aid, documents case studies in India, Ghana and Jamaica where imposed liberalisation has ravaged local industry with devastating social impacts.

13 June 2005