Debt

Accountability

News

Evaluation echoes civil society critique of World Bank-IMF debt relief efforts

An evaluation of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative by the Bank's Independent Evaluation Group released in April begs the question what next for debt relief efforts.

19 June 2006

Accountability

News

Beware the big, bland wolf: The first year of Paul Wolfowitz at the World Bank

What has most surprised World Bank watchers is how little Paul Wolfowitz has changed the institution he took over one year ago. On Africa, infrastructure, and debt relief, he has stayed the course - for better or worse - set by his predecessor James Wolfensohn.

5 June 2006

Accountability

Background

Debt, conditionality and corruption: Civil society strategy session

Highlights of a 20 April civil society strategy session in Washington on debt, conditionality and corruption.

28 April 2006 | Minutes

Conditionality

News

World Bank approves $37 billion in debt relief

World Bank member nations approved $37 billion in debt relief for 17 countries at the end of March.

8 April 2006

Finance

News

Latin America sends IMF packing

The IMF's role and financial health have been brought into further question as a result of the early repayment of two of its largest debtors.

23 January 2006

Conditionality

News

IMF debt deal 'a victory'

In December, the IMF board approved 100 per cent debt relief to 19 countries under the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative amounting to $3.3 billion.

23 January 2006

Environment

Background

Highlights of UK NGO meeting with executive director to the World Bank and IMF, Tom Scholar

Brief minutes of UK NGO meeting with Tom Scholar

12 January 2006 | Minutes

Environment

News

UK parliament hearings on World Bank, IMF

The UK all-party committee on international development held its evidence session on the annual meetings of the World Bank and IMF in October, with evidence heard from the Bretton Woods Project and the Rainforest Foundation, secretary of state for international development Hilary Benn, and representatives of the Treasury.

21 November 2005

Social services

News

IMF accused of exacerbating famine in Niger

The IMF's external relations department has spent the last two months furiously rebuffing charges that the Fund has exacerbated famine in Niger. The debate centres around the impact of structural adjustment measures and accusations that donors initially refused to allow the government to distribute free food to affected areas.

12 September 2005

Environment

News

Climate change and the World Bank: dubious green credentials

Critique of the new role assigned to the World Bank by the G8 in tackling climate change by creating a framework for clean energy and development. Summary of recent documents examining the Bank's perpetuation of fossil-fuelled economic expansion and false claims made in relation to the Clean Development Mechanism

12 September 2005