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.
A special publication by the National Alliance of Peoples' Movements India features a range of critical articles on international financial institutions.
The World Bank’s president made interesting statements on human rights and climate change. But he was not specific and he asserted brashly that his institution has not harmed indigenous people since he has been in charge.
Recent involvement in countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq has put World Bank and IMF post-conflict operations in the spotlight. While some believe multilateral finance is essential, others argue that the Bank and the Fund are acting primarily as pawns of powerful diplomatic and economic interests.