Evaluation

IFI governance

Background

A sustainable World Bank energy strategy: perspectives from various stakeholders

Civil society event at the World Bank spring meetings 2010, 23 April

26 April 2010 | Minutes

IFI governance

Background

Evaluation as a critical tool for accountability

Civil society event at the World Bank spring meetings 2010, 23 April

26 April 2010 | Minutes

IFI governance

Analysis

The IFIs in 2009: year in review

If 2008 was the year the financial crisis began, 2009 was the year its impacts were really felt in most developing countries. The beginning of the year saw near panic about the potential depths of the global recession and a glimmer of hope that the economic policies of rich countries which had touched off the crisis and contributed to its spread would be rethought. The Bretton Woods Project, with many partners around the globe, viewed it as an opportune time for a Bretton Woods II – a new

24 February 2010 | Review

IFI governance

News

IMF still failing to connect with member countries

An independent evaluation of the IMF's dealings with its member countries shows a startling amount of displeasure with the Fund's work in rich and poor countries alike. The IMF board failed to come up with a credible action plan to deal with the problems.

12 February 2010

IFI governance

News

Evaluating Fund research and crisis approach

Over the summer the Independent Evaluation Office of the IMF issued two draft issues papers for feedback on its planned evaluations of the IMF's research and the performance in the run-up to the financial crisis.

22 September 2009

IFI governance

News

Breaking the chains?

Violations of the IFC's performance standards in a palm oil project in Indonesia could have far reaching effects, drawing attention to the IFC's responsibility for the impact of whole supply chains as a review of their social and environmental standards gets under way.

22 September 2009

IFI governance

News

Bank urged to improve municipal management

In June, the Independent Evaluation Group released a study on World Bank experience in improving municipal management, finding that the MDPs led to better financial management, municipal information systems and procurement procedures, but were weak regarding monitoring and evaluation, operations and maintenance, private finance for municipal services, and, most crucially, failed in most cases to integrate poverty alleviation into their objectives.

22 September 2009

IFI governance

Analysis

The IFIs in 2008: year in review

2008 was the year of crisis: developing countries, already reeling from the impacts of food and commodity price crises, faced the spectre of a global financial and economic crisis, caused by policy choices made by rich countries. The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), two of the key institutions who have promoted the 'Washington Consensus' model of economic deregulation and liberalisation that many blame for causing the crisis, tried to wriggle out of responsibility and present t

13 August 2009 | Review

Environment

News

U-turn on Doing Business: time to withdraw from the knowledge bank?

The World Bank Group has recently admitted that some crucial assumptions of its Doing Business report were misguided, and faces a fundamental critique of its knowledge role.

10 July 2009

IFI governance

News

World Bank health work flawed

A recent evaluation of the World Bank's work in health is damning in its criticism of the lender's approach, particularly in Africa. Meanwhile, the Bank is continuing to push privatisation in public services such as health, education and water despite fierce criticism.

10 July 2009