The World Bank and the IMF have responded to complaints about their lack of transparency by issuing mountains of documentation and offering innumerable meetings and consultations. But critics are still not satisfied, pointing to the difficulty for people to find and interpret many of the documents produced, and to the opacity of the institutions’ key decision-making bodies.
Women rights advocates met in Washington DC on April 10 to discuss ways to promote gender equality at the World Bank.
The World Bank and IMF are making an audacious grab to consolidate their roles as judge and jury of countries’ policies with a plan to conduct “regular reporting on the implementation of the policies and actions for achieving the MDGs and related development outcomes”.
An official assessment of the Bank’s compliance with its indigenous peoples operational directive confirms criticisms by indigenous peoples’ organisations that the Bank's record is deficient.
Civil society groups in Sri Lanka reject claims that the PRSP represents a comprehensive consultation process.
Civil society groups in Bangladesh and Pakistan have rejected the PRSP process in their countries. They complain about flawed participation and persistent IMF and World Bank influence on the content of the documents.
NGOs have expressed concern that their objectives of opening up debates about different social and economic policy options are not being met through current approaches.
The Bank is divided between its role as advocate of the poorer countries in calling for increased market access and its continued hand in pushing unilateral trade liberalisation.
US campaign group Global Exchange has published a pamphlet setting out ten reasons why the IMF and World Bank should be closed down.
Following the article in Bretton Woods Update 26 on the announcement by the IMF Evaluation Office of its work programme, its Director sent a letter clarifying his position.