After reviews of its engagement with low-income members the IMF is in the process of redesigning its programmes, but its recent changes on dealing with aid inflows have not satisfied critics of the Fund's inflexibility in allowing the scaling up of social spending.
Teaming up with a leading manga publisher (for those of you not down with the youf, manga are Japanese-style graphic novels), the Bank has launched a new series of comic books, each highlighting a key development issue.
A high powered working group examining the IMF and health spending found that the Fund has unduly constrained counties’ policy choices, while other recent reports accuse the World Bank and the IMF of undermining quality education. Meanwhile, the Bank’s private sector arm has stepped up its support for private schooling in Africa.
IMF civil society dialogue, spring meetings 2007 (14 April 2007)
Highlights of semi-annual meeting between UK Secretary of State for International Development and UK NGOs. Topics covered include CSO access to annual meetings, conditionality, anti-corruption, odious debt, clean energy, education in LICUS, bank internal governance, IFC safeguards
Despite bringing much needed attention to the issue of youth and development, NGOs working on children, labour and education have found many familiar World Bank prescriptions in the latest World Development Report published in September.
Highlights of quarterly meeting between UK executive director to the World Bank and IMF and UK NGOs. Topics covered include CSO access to annual meetings, IMF strategic review, conditionality, anti-corruption and education.
La Unidad de Evaluación del Banco dio el visto bueno al Banco por el aumento de niños y niñas que asisten a la escuela primaria y por el acceso de las personas menos favorecidas, pero no dio buenos puntos a los resultados del aprendizaje y al manejo de la educación.
World Bank and its work on youth
Author of The State of the Right to Education outlines six reasons why the World Bank is an obstacle for making education all-encompassing, free and compulsory.