During the Spring Meetings NGOs had a disappointing meeting with Joanne Salop, Vice President for Operations Policy and Strategy.
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.
The global economic slowdown and donor countries’ differing views on what to do about it, pushed issues related to the world’s poorest nations to the sidelines of public debate on this year’s spring meetings of the IMF and World Bank.
A draft World Bank report outlining experience with structural adjustment lending proposes that such lending should be increased.
The World Bank’s revised Indigenous Peoples Policy will be released in draft early in 2001 for further consultations.
A petition to the World Bank on market-based land reform has been prepared by Via Campesina (an international peasants movement) and FIAN (a human rights group).
In late October 60 labour organization representatives met World Bank and IMF staff to discuss trade union issues.
The series of eight Regional Consultations on the World Bank’s forest policy have been completed.
The campaign by pro-Tibetan and other groups to press the World Bank to drop the China Western Poverty Project caused a major political battle at the institution during June.
IMF staff are discussing whether to release for external consultation a draft staff Guidance Note on its Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility.