A new official report has criticised the Bank’s record in overseeing the resettlement of people displaced by projects it supports.
In 1997 the IFC commissioned a welcome review of its objectives following pressure from NGOs and some Executive Directors who argued that it emphasised deal-making in response to the private sector at the expense of any clear focus on poverty alleviation or environmental protection.
Many NGOs have fed in comments to the IMF about its staff report Distilling the Lessons of the ESAF Reviews.
An Oxfam publication by Tricia Feeney provides a very useful analysis of approaches to participation in development projects.
Civil society groups in Hungary, Uganda, Ghana and Ecuador met World Bank representatives at national conferences to begin the investigative stage of the Structural Adjustment Programme Review Initiative (SAPRI).
Participation experiences in 20 Bank-assisted operations will be reviewed in an international conference co-sponsored by the World Bank, to be held in Washington in November 1998.
This summer the World Bank’s external affairs team commissioned a detailed survey of views about what the Bank does and should do.
The Bank has now accepted that its Forest Policy Implementation Review will look at effects on forests of its non-forest lending, and that its Operations Evaluation Department will do some of the field studies.
Donor procedures and aid coordination have improved and resource flows to Sub-Saharan African countries increased under the Special Programme of Assistance for Africa (SPA), according to a recent report.
The IMF has been urged to be more transparent and accountable by a US Study Group convened by the Centre of Concern, and by the UK Chancellor.