Strategy/roles

Environment

Background

IMF and World Bank emergency response

The role of the IMF and World Bank in responding to emergencies and coordinating with relief efforts.

26 January 2005 | Inside the institutions

IFI governance

News

G24 ministers reject proposed new IMF signal

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".

22 November 2004

Accountability

News

Private sector safeguard review continues despite boycotts

Civil society organisations globally have stepped up their campaign against the International Finance Corporation's process to overhaul its safeguard policies.

15 November 2004

IFI governance

Analysis

Development Gateway: biased, unaccountable and overpriced?

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.

22 September 2004 | At Issue

IFI governance

Background

The World Bank’s project cycle explained

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.

26 July 2004 | Inside the institutions

Accountability

News

US lawmakers scrutinise World Bank record on corruption

At hearings in the US Senate commentators criticised World Bank anti-corruption activities and proposed new approaches.

28 May 2004

IFI governance

News

G8 governments review IFI mandates

The world's most powerful governments are assessing the roles of international financial insitutions.

28 May 2004

Rights

News

Peoples' movement tackles IFI anniversary

A special publication by the National Alliance of Peoples' Movements India features a range of critical articles on international financial institutions.

28 May 2004

Infrastructure

News

Wolfensohn discusses human rights, environment at Greenpeace lecture

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.

24 May 2004

Accountability

Analysis

World Bank, IMF: Helping peace or creating conditions for war?

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.

5 April 2004 | Briefings