Macroeconomic policy

Conditionality

News

Growth commission gears up

The World Bank-funded Commission on Growth and Development will hold workshops in New York on 'Growth and Some of its Micro and Macro Foundations' (April 9) and 'The Role of Leadership and Governance in Shaping and Implementing Growth Strategies' (April 10).

2 April 2007

Conditionality

News

Evaluation finds that IMF misleads the public about its role in Africa

A report released by the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the IMF criticises the role of the IMF in managing aid inflows to Sub-Saharan Africa, but fails to address more fundamental questions about the Fund’s role in low-income countries.

2 April 2007

Conditionality

News

IMF wants tax on mosquito nets in Zambia

The IMF provoked public ire in Zambia by asking the government to remove value added tax exemptions on a range of goods, including mosquito nets used to fight malaria.

31 January 2007

Conditionality

News

Ortega opts for new PRGF for Nicaragua

Newly elected Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega and his Sandinista party are presenting two different faces to the IMF.

31 January 2007

Conditionality

News

Ecuador, Philippines repay IMF debt

Newly elected Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa, announced in January that he would make early repayments of his country’s $33 million debt to the IMF.

31 January 2007

Rights

News

Bank mining advice boosts private profits

Two recent reports question the World Bank's involvement in the mining sector.

31 January 2007

Land

Commentary

World Bank reconstruction role in Timor-Leste creating problems

Guteriano Nicolau S. Neves of the La'o Hamutuk Institute in Dili argues for a critical appraisal of the World Bank's role in the reconstruction of Timor Leste.

31 January 2007 | Guest comment

Conditionality

News

Dominican Republic taxes at IMF “gun point”

A controversial tax reform programme in the Dominican Republic was forced onto the country by the IMF, in the words of finance minister Vicente Bengoa, “at gun point”.

30 January 2007

Accountability

Analysis

Research, knowledge and the art of “paradigm maintenance”

Robin Broad, professor in the School of International Service at American University, describes six mechanisms by which the World Bank's development economics vice-presidency performs a "paradigm-maintenance" role, privileging individuals whose work "resonates" with the neo-liberal free-market ideology.

20 November 2006 | At Issue

Conditionality

News

IMF strategic review: too little, too late?

The managing director's report on the medium-term strategic review released at the spring meetings was short on specific proposals for reform implementation and lacked commitments for improved democratic functioning or strengthened surveillance of large industrial countries.

19 June 2006