While more open than previous efforts, the latest report on the IMF by the UK Treasury fails to outline positions taken by the UK in sufficient detail.
The International Development Committee has agreed to conduct a short inquiry to examine selected issues relating to the Financing for Development Summit The Committee will consider the policies and practices of the Department for International Development, and the UK Government as a whole, with regard to the provision of finance for development.
In September around 400 people gathered in Senegal to discuss Poverty Reduction Strategies.
Niger Delta-based organisations outraged over pending World Bank loan for a joint project with Shell Oil in Nigeria, saying IFC favours profitability over local environmental and social concerns.
In January the UK Treasury released its second Annual Report to Parliament on the Activities of the IMF.
World Bank interactions with parliamentarians have been increasing in recent years.
UK parliamentarians held two hearings on the World Bank in November.
In Hyderabad, India 20 political leaders and demonstrators were arrested for defying police orders prohibiting demonstrations during Bank President James Wolfensohn’s arrival in November.
In mid-July 64 Kenyan MPs signed a statement urging the IMF and World Bank to suspend discussions on new loans to their government after a select committee report into corruption was cut, deleting the names of some politicians and civil servants.
In July, the Nigerian House of Representatives adopted a non-binding motion urging the federal government to suspend all activities in respect of an IMF standby loan until the conditions were made public.