Evaluation

IFI governance

Analysis

G-7, civil society press for IMF, World Bank transparency reforms

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.

29 May 2003 | Briefings

Rights

News

Gender and the World Bank: climbing the Himalayas ?

Women rights advocates met in Washington DC on April 10 to discuss ways to promote gender equality at the World Bank.

30 April 2003

Rights

Analysis

The World Bank, the IMF and “results”: increasing dominance in development policy lending

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”.

1 April 2003 | At Issue

IFI governance

News

Indigenous policy implementation weak

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.

1 April 2003

Conditionality

News

PRSP dangers exposed again

Civil society groups in Sri Lanka reject claims that the PRSP represents a comprehensive consultation process.

1 April 2003

Rights

News

South Asian PRSP processes slated

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.

28 January 2003

IFI governance

News

Real impact of new poverty analysis uncertain

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.

26 November 2002

IFI governance

News

Bank on trade: will the real World Bank please stand up?

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.

26 November 2002

IFI governance

News

10 Reasons to Abolish the IMF and World Bank

US campaign group Global Exchange has published a pamphlet setting out ten reasons why the IMF and World Bank should be closed down.

24 July 2002

IFI governance

News

IMF evaluator clarifies position

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.

25 March 2002