Highlights of meeting with UK Secretary of State for International Development, Hilary Benn
In 2004, the World Bank was responsible for the disbursement of over $3 billion through the 903 trust funds that it manages. The amount of funds being channelled through trust funds looks set to take off as increased international aid commitments chase limited spending channels. Recipients of these funds may see them as manna from heaven - but if trust fund support is not additional to other aid commitments, is this an optimum use of resources or just a cacophony of voices all trying to pull t
Director, European Network on Debt and Development; Coordinator, Bretton Woods Project, 1995-2004
Refers to the Bank's failure to adequately and explicitly address human rights in its policies, as well as the causality between Bank supported extractive projects and the exacerbation of conflict. Looks at case studies from Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala and Chad and Camerooon.
Critique of the new role assigned to the World Bank by the G8 in tackling climate change by creating a framework for clean energy and development. Summary of recent documents examining the Bank's perpetuation of fossil-fuelled economic expansion and false claims made in relation to the Clean Development Mechanism
Summary of the terms of reference of the UK National audit office's review of DfID's engagement with multilaterals
A civil society perspective on the World Bank global civil society forum and the future of civil society and World Bank engagement, by Moreblessings Chidaushe, Afrodad
A report by the IMF's Independent Evaluation Office released in May concludes that the Fund's "cheerleading" on capital account liberalisation in the early 90s was unbalanced and inconsistent.
contribution from Tom Scholar, UK executive director to the World Bank and IMF
World Bank's response to the tsunami in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and the Maldives