The Fund takes to micro-management in Zambia to ensure compliance with belt tightening measures, threatening civil unrest.
World Bank Loans to Andhra Pradesh: Financing bloodshed and impunity?
Human rights activists in Andhra Pradesh have strongly objected to World Bank plans for a new economic reform loan to the state government.
Legislators courted but oversight insufficient
The Parliamentary Network on the World Bank (PNoWB) will hold its annual conference February 15-16 in Paris. Oversight of relations between governments, the IMF and the Bank by legislators is still insufficient in the North and in the South.
High-level conference on "trade, growth and poverty"
Organised by the UK Department for International Development, the World Bank, IMF and UNDP, a two-day conference held in London 8-9 December gathered officials, agency representatives and academics to discuss the links between trade, growth and poverty. The objective of the conference was to provide direction on how to integrate trade into national development strategies.
Leading a horse to water: Is there a role for the IMF in poverty reduction?
Many observers were sceptical when a few years ago the IMF embarked on a mission to respond to the "cries of the poor", in the words of its then head Michel Camdessus
Debt and destruction in Senegal
A new report by Demba Moussa Demb
Six die in Dominican IMF protests
Six people were killed and over 20 wounded in the Dominican Republic on 11 November during a strike called to protest austerity measures called for by the IMF.
Adjustment policy delayed
The World Bank has delayed finalisation of its new structural adjustment policy. A subcommittee of…
Brazil renews "unnecessary" IMF agreement despite opposition
Brazil and the IMF announced they would renew a financial arrangement at the end of the year, sparking new doubts about the methods and motives of Lula's government. The news came shortly after Rede Brasil, a network of Brazilian NGOs and social movements, urged the government not to sign.
Official report confirms PRSP criticisms
A report produced by the Bank and Fund for their annual meetings reflects on the continuing problems with implementing the lofty goals of Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers.