At the request of donor governments, the Bank’s Operations Evaluation Department will review the performance of the Bank’s IDA programme from 1994 to the present.
In November the Bretton Woods Project filed a submission to the International Development Committee inquiry into British aid to China and Pakistan.
The World Bank is planning an independent review of its power sector reforms in India.
On 15 August the Chinese Government arrested three people for trying to investigate the World Bank Western Poverty Project.
The regional consultations that will inform the World Bank’s forest policy review have had to be delayed; they will not start until February or March 2000.
The World Bank’s Operations Evaluation Department is carrying out a review of “Promoting Environmental Sustainability in Development”.
The Bretton Woods Project recently obtained two documents in which the World Bank evaluates progress of its Strategic Compact internal reform initiative and sets out strategy for the next few years.
A leaked May 1999 draft Bank review of structural and sectoral adjustment loans severely criticises their treatment of environmental and social issues.
The World Bank’s Operations Evaluation Unit recently criticised Bank loans for Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP).
The World Commission on Dams has nearly completed its workplan and selected consultants to lead work on the thematic reviews.