A US Congress commission, which reported in March, called for major cut backs in World Bank and IMF activities.
In October UK Executive Director Stephen Pickford was called before the Treasury and International Development Select Committees for questioning by MPs.
UK MPs on the International Development Committee took evidence from Myles Wickstead, UK Alternate Director at the World Bank, plus senior DFID officials.
Clare Short, UK Secretary of State for International Development, has called in parliament for the reform of the IMF’s ESAF loans to make them pro-poor.
The UK parliamentary committee on international development travelled to Washington in early November to interview World Bank, IMF and NGO staff.
In August a Commission of the Brazilian Congress held a hearing to examine the multilateral financial institutions.
Paula Donovan, the World Bank staff member in charge of raising funds for the Bank’s soft loan arm the International Development Association (IDA), has undertaken a series of meetings designed to reassure parliamentarians and NGOs.