Tajikistan has gotten itself in hot water with the IMF over poor reporting of information while the country was borrowing money from the Fund.
A coalition of over 70 US NGOs, including large labour unions, has written to Congress to demand that planned IMF gold sales pay for debt relief as well administrative expenses.
The World Bank Group and the IMF have become more involved in assistance to and oversight of Islamic financial institutions.
Peru has indicated that it does not plan to renew its stand-by arrangement with the IMF when it expires next year. Turkey, the Fund’s largest borrower, is still debating is next move when its programme expires in May.
In late November, the UK released its third report on its relationship with the World Bank, disappointing in the coverage and depth of its analysis.
In Europe, Asia and the United States, civil society has campaigned for reform of the World Bank through the replenishment process of the International Development Association.
As negotiations close over donations to the World Bank's financing arm for low income countries, civil society groups have expressed disappointment over the failure to make progress on conditionality, debt sustainability, allocation or impact assessment.
Two areas that Robert Zoellick's Bank is likely to focus on are the promotion of risk management instruments, and developing local currency bond markets.
Highlights of a 21 October discussion on the macroeconomics of aid scaling up at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2007.
Highlights of a 20 October discussion on the the IMF's fiscal and monetary policy advice and conditionality for low-income countries at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2007.