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
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
The role of the IMF and World Bank in responding to emergencies and coordinating with relief efforts.
The IMF announced early October a new programme called the Policy Monitoring Arrangement (PMA) "which would be available to countries with sound policies that don't want to borrow from the IMF but see a benefit to frequent IMF statements to donors, creditors and the general public about the strength of their economic and financial policies".
Civil society organisations globally have stepped up their campaign against the International Finance Corporation's process to overhaul its safeguard policies.
A study prepared for the Bretton Woods Project has found that the Development Gateway, an internet portal on development issues initiated by the World Bank, presents a biased picture of development debates, lacks independence and is inefficient when compared with other similar initiatives.
The World Bank's public-lending institutions (IDA and IBRD) lend about US$ 15-20 billion annually to 100 countries to Projects ranging from infrastructure, education, health and government financial management.
At hearings in the US Senate commentators criticised World Bank anti-corruption activities and proposed new approaches.
The world's most powerful governments are assessing the roles of international financial insitutions.