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Bank declaration of human rights

The World Bank president has asked his staff to prepare a human rights strategy, ending a long-standing aversion to engaging in the debate. But how far can the Bank go when its board and legal staff are urging extreme caution?

24 July 2002

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ABCDcEnsure

A study arguing against a link between terrorism and poverty was pulled at the last minute from the agenda of the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics in response to complaints from a Kuwaiti Executive Director.

24 July 2002

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Doing well out of war

The importance of economic agendas in contemporary conflicts has been the focus of a series of recent papers by Paul Collier, Director of the Bank’s Development Research Group.

17 January 2002

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World Bank role in Afghanistan unclear

After the first two donor conferences on the reconstruction of Afghanistan - in Islamabad in November and in Brussels in December - some people worry that reconstruction funds could easily be misused and fuel continued civil strife.

17 January 2002

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World Bank-led meeting on Afghanistan causes concern in Pakistan

By Shahid Husain, Freelance journalist, Karachi, and Charlotte Carlsson, Communications & research officer, Bretton Woods Project

17 January 2002

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After 11 September: Towards a new multilateralism?

The implications for the World Bank and IMF of the 11 September atrocities and their aftermath are as yet uncertain.

2 November 2001

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Carrots, sticks and ethnic conflict

How do donor resources, policy advice and conditions attached to aid affect ethnic conflict? International donor interventions are explored by Milton Esman and Ronald Herring of Cornell University in their new book Carrots, Sticks and Ethnic Conflict: Rethinking Development Assistance.

5 April 2001

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Conflict/Crisis Policies Debated

The Post-Conflict Unit of the World Bank seeks comments/critiques from NGOs, UN agencies and others on its draft operational policy and bank procedures for war-torn areas.

14 June 2000

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UK committee criticises Bank and Fund over conflict roles

The UK International Development Select Committee of MPs has criticised the IMF and Bank for failing to raise concerns with the Rwandan government about the discrimination and intimidation of Tutsis prior to the civil war.

15 September 1999

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Post-crisis social code diluted to weak Bank principles

There is danger that the aims and scope of the social principles (formerly the Social Code), which was proposed by Gordon Brown as a fourth pillar of the new international architecure, will be watered down to become simply a framework for the Bank’s social policy.

15 March 1999