Conditionality impacts

Conditionality

News

IMF conditionality continues

The Reality of Aid 2002, produced by a coalition of NGOs states that, rather than being phased out, loan conditionality is actually being strengthened under the rubric of “ownership” and “aid effectiveness”.

8 May 2002

Land

News

Bank fingered in Malawi famine

According to Action Aid, famine in Malawi has been compounded by World Bank-guided food policies.

8 May 2002

Conditionality

News

Poverty Reduction Strategies under intense scrutiny

Studies from Malawi, Ethiopia, Uganda and Cambodia fault the PRSP process for failing to provide space for a real debate of policy alternatives, and for a lack of transparency and accountability.

8 May 2002

Conditionality

News

IMF in Argentina: “failed to learn the lessons of East Asia”

The number of pundits up in arms over the IMF’s handling of the crisis in Argentina continues to mount. The most recent selection includes Brazilian President, Henrique Cardoso, and ex-World Bank Chief Economist, Joseph Stiglitz.

8 May 2002

Conditionality

News

IMF “fun” with Argentina

The Nigerian government has cancelled its IMF programme. IMF spokesperson tests Argentinians’ sense of humour by agreeing that mistakes may be made again in the future. He explained: “that is economics. And that is why it is so much fun”.

25 March 2002

Conditionality

News

Limitations of Asian PRSPs revealed

Asian NGOs recently commented on the problems they face with PRSP processes in their region. A Focus on the Global South study questions achievements in Lao PDR, Cambodia and Vietnam while Bangladeshi organisations have mounted a challenge to the process in their country. See also:

25 March 2002

Social services

News

Ghanaians contest Bank-backed water privatisation

A broad coalition of organisations is challenging the plan to privatise Ghana’s water system. They complain that the World Bank and IMF-promoted scheme will not extend services to poorer people or ensure fair pricing. The deal - which the IMF has just made part of its new conditions for Ghana - reflects the biases of the consultants which drew it up at a cost of $3million.

25 March 2002

Land

News

Brown’s “New Deal” suggests enhanced Bank, Fund roles

Gordon Brown’s recent speeches on a “New Deal” for the global economy have been generally welcomed, especially for their suggestions that aid budgets should be increased.

5 February 2002

Infrastructure

News

Bank plans private sector shake-up

In February the World Bank’s Board will consider a new Private Sector Development Strategy.

17 January 2002

Conditionality

Analysis

Bank and Fund watchers must watch WTO

As the World Bank and the IMF inch closer towards streamlining their policies with those of the WTO, and vice-versa, a Bretton Woods Briefing discusses why Bank and Fund watchers should keep a close eye on the WTO negotiations (November 2001) .

1 January 2002 | Briefings