Reports of official and civil society events in Washington around the spring meetings 2005.
Members of the staff of the Bank and Fund, board members, development and finance ministers are gathered in Washington 15 - 17 April.
The session considered the arguments surrounding the provision of grants or loans by IDA. It considered the recent call by President Bush for the World Bank and other development banks to provide more of their funds to the poorest countries as grants, in recognition of the pivotal role that grants play in providing prudent financing for pressing development needs.
Highlights from a meeting between Bank president Wolfensohn, Fund director Rato, South African finance minister Trevor Manuel, UK chancellor Gordon Brown, and NGOs.
Highlights of a Fund staff meeting with CSOs to discuss the role of the Fund in low-income countries.
The World Bank-IMF annual meetings drew to a close with little or no progress made on any of the substantive issues.
Note from meeting in Washington between European IFI network and European EDs as part of the civil society programme of the World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings 04.
A decision has been taken to discontinue the NGO press pass for the meetings, marking a serious step backwards in relations with civil society.
This year's spring meetings of the World Bank and IMF mark 60 years of their founding in 1944. Fasts in Pakistan and outside the World Bank in DC were some of the actions taken by global justice campaigners to press on issues including debt cancellation.
A report produced by the Bank and Fund for their annual meetings reflects on the continuing problems with implementing the lofty goals of Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers.