Conditionality impacts

Conditionality

News

Sri Lanka rushing reforms to please IMF, WB

Sri Lanka has launched a “fast-track” legislative process to intensify economic and social reforms, in order to secure new IMF and World Bank loans.

17 September 2002

Land

News

IFI role in Southern Africa famine condemned

A new study from Oxfam questions why, after years of World Bank and IMF-designed agricultural sector reforms, Malawi, Zambia, and Mozambique face chronic food insecurity.

17 September 2002

Conditionality

News

Structural Adjustment: another flawed process?

The World Bank has issued a discussion paper for consultation before revising its operational directive on adjustment lending. On 18 July 2002 London was the first in a series of cities to host a consultation meeting. NGOs have raised concerns about the consultation process and the ability of the World Bank to learn lessons from the past on structural adjustment.

17 September 2002

Conditionality

News

The IMF in Latin America: tough cop, social worker or skunk?

Three recent papers which attempt to analyse the IMF’s role in the Argentinean crisis are examined: ex-IMF senior economist Michael Mussa, the Center for Global Development’s Nancy Birdsall and Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

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

Conditionality

News

Rebranding adjustment: the World Bank and “development policy support lending”

The World Bank has issued a discussion paper for consultation before revising its operational directive on adjustment lending. Concerns over changes to the ceiling on policy-based lending and a shift towards less mandatory directives, as well as the conultation process itself, have been raised by NGOs.

24 July 2002

Conditionality

News

IMF fiddles while Argentina burns

A synthesis of the last two months in the ongoing negotiations between the IMF and the Argentine government.

24 July 2002

Conditionality

News

Ugandan MP denounces Bank/Fund prescriptions

Ugandan MP Sheila Mishembi Kawamara, at a 5 June meeting of East African legislative members, said that countries such as China, Mauritius, Vietnam and Thailand had refused to take World Bank and IMF prescriptions and their economies were thriving.

24 July 2002

Accountability

News

Indonesian MPs: write-off IMF loans

One hundred members of the Indonesian parliament wrote to the heads of the IMF and World Bank, condemning the institutions for implementing “disastrous orthodox macroeconomic policies”.

24 July 2002