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World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2012

Analysis, news, and about the events inside and around the World Bank/IMF annual meetings 2012. This page is being updated regularly.

16 October 2012

Finance

News

IFC "needs to try harder" on development

NGOs continue to find that the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank's private sector arm, is off track in reducing poverty and promoting development, with concerns that the IFC development goals to be implemented in July will not help the poorest.

3 July 2012

Conditionality

Background

A Global Shared Societies Agenda

Minutes meeting for A Global Shared Societies Agenda

23 April 2012 | Minutes

Gender

News

World Bank failing on reproductive health?

In an article for UK newspaper The Guardian, Elizabeth Arend of international NGO Gender Action questioned the World Bank's status as a "global leader" in reproductive health.

5 April 2012

Social services

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World Bank-funded "toxic dumping ground"

Ugandan newspaper New Vision called attention to the "horrific sanitation conditions" of a Bank-funded waterway in Uganda in November 2011

7 February 2012

Social services

News

World Bank loans linked to child mortality

A June 2011 academic paper that analysed health outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa found that "when a country is under a World Bank structural adjustment loan it tends to have higher levels of child mortality".

7 February 2012

Social services

News

IMF's focus on austerity proved "wrong, wrong, wrong", say critics

While Christine Lagarde and staff at the Fund begin to acknowledge that too much austerity is risking jobs and growth and civil society groups call for an end to IFIs policy conditions, IMF programmes continue to promote fiscal retrenchment.

21 November 2011

IFI governance

Background

Notes of meeting between UK Executive Director to World Bank and Civil Society Groups

Civil society organisations met UK Executive Director to the World Bank and staff from the Department for International Development to discuss water, the Bank's private sector approach, health and nutrition, safeguards review and energy strategy.

15 September 2011 | Minutes

Finance

News

UK announces priorities for World Bank

In August the UK released its priorities for reform of the World Bank.

14 September 2011

IFI governance

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IEG annual report slates World Bank's education work

The Bank's Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) released its annual report at end August, again finding shortfalls and uneven results across the World Bank Group. While the Bank's leadership has steered the institution towards more private sector work, outcomes in the education sector and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have dropped substantially.

13 September 2011