In 2000 the US Congress passed a law requiring the government to oppose loans that includes user fees for basic health or education services.
NGOs, CBOs and academics walked out from the World Bank’s so-called “public consultation” on its Country Assistance Strategy on May 17th.
At their Spring Meetings the IMF and World Bank outlined plans to carry out social impact analyses when designing macroeconomic and structural reforms.
Impact assessments and participatory monitoring and evaluation processes will be key features of the World Bank’s new Poverty Reduction Support Credit (PRSC) according to guidelines.
Two new civil society statements have concluded that the PRSP process is simply delivering repackaged structural adjustment programmes (SAPs).
Analysis of four completed PRSPs and twelve Interim PRSPs by World Development Movement finds that civil society groups are dissatisfied with the extent of public involvement and that IMF and Bank influence is weakening government ownership.
About seventy civil society organisations in Bolivia have signed a statement detailing concerns with the consultation and drafting process for the country’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper.
The IMF’s efforts to streamline itself are likely to make little difference to countries implementing Bank and IMF programmes.
Following a successful bid to extend the PRSP process in Malawi, the Malawi Economic Justice Network has appraised the process with a view to informing and improving the next stages.
Local government leaders in the Leon Norte area of Nicaragua have written to the World Bank to express their “deep concern about the development of the PRSP consultation in Nicaragua”