A leaked IMF and World Bank report confirms the HIPC initiative is not delivering.
IDA grants-loans controversy ends
A deal between the US and Europe means that 18 to 21 per cent of the World Bank’s International Development Association aid will now come in the form of grants rather than loans.
G8: “Absolutely zilch” for Africa
Civil society organizations were disappointed by the outcome of talks at the G8 summit in Canada on an Africa Action Plan, HIPC and education.
IMF role in debt arbitration disputed
Ministers at the Spring Meetings agreed that the IMF should not, except in “exceptional circumstances” provide large bailouts to countries in financial crises.
The Ugandan PRSP Experience
Meeting with Rick Rowden, RESULTS, 31 May 2002
East Timor debt, adjustment fears
The first elected government in East Timor faces an estimated US $154-$184 million shortfall in its initial three-year budget.
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.
Assessment of the FfD Outcome Paper and Proposed Next Steps
In the course of the last six months, the European NGO coordination, actively comprised of over 40 European NGOs in 11 countries including 8 national networks, has made continuous steps to focus and revise NGO demands regarding the FfD process towards a realistic, achievable and meaningful political outcome.
Taken for granted? US Proposals to Reform the World Bank’s IDA Examined
US debt campaigners are siding with the Bush administration against European leaders and other NGOs over a key source of finance for the world’s 79 poorest countries. Discussions on the pros and cons of providing grants instead of loans through IDA appear deadlocked (March 2002).
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.