More research is necessary on the linkages between macroeconomic policy and impacts on the poor, concludes a new paper from the IMF.
As governments are again being asked to contribute to the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) facility, NGOs and others are raising questions about the role and effectiveness of the Bank’s lending through IDA to the poorest countries.
At their Spring Meetings the IMF and World Bank outlined plans to carry out social impact analyses when designing macroeconomic and structural reforms.
A recent Bank document sets out the plan for implementing the conclusions of the Poverty World Development Report (WDR).
Ravi Kanbur, who resigned as lead author of the World Bank’s Poverty World Development Report last May, has produced a paper on the disagreements which surround debates on poverty.
Poverty process acronyms
At a Poverty and the International Economy conference in Stockholm in late October a draft Trade, Growth and Poverty paper by senior World Bank researcher David Dollar was strongly criticized by Dani Rodrik of Harvard University.
“I have a heart” pleaded Horst K
Forthcoming research by Save the Children Fund examines the record of “safety net” social programmes in formerly socialist countries.
Growth is good for the poor, proclaims a much-discussed new paper of the same title by the Bank’s research department.