Trade-finance coherence

IFI governance

News

Knowledge Bank-rupted: Evaluation says key World Bank research ‘not remotely reliable’

An evaluation by a panel of self-described ‘academic superstars’ has cast doubt over the independence and reliability of World Bank research.

31 January 2007

Environment

Background

Highlights of meeting with Tom Scholar and UK NGOs

Highlights of meeting between Tom Scholar and UK NGOs, December 2006

18 December 2006 | Minutes

IFI governance

News

Independence of IMF’s evaluation arm questioned

In an evaluation of the IMF Independent Evaluation Office's first five years of work, an external committee concluded that the IMF board may have undue influence over the body. Additionally the IEO set itself an ambitious work plan for the next year, as it plans to delve into the Fund's internal organisation and trade policy

11 September 2006

Trade

Background

Trade finance linkages in Latin America

Highlights of a civil society meeting on trade-finance linkages in Latin America, 20 April 2006, Washington. Hosted by the Center of Concern.

28 April 2006 | Minutes

Accountability

Background

Dialogue on the Doha trade round

Dialogue on the Doha trade round at the World Bank-IMF spring meetings in Washington, 20 April 2006.

25 April 2006 | Minutes

IFI governance

News

“Over-optimistic about trade liberalisation”: World Bank trade evaluation

In the most comprehensive evaluation ever conducted of the World Bank's work in trade, the Bank's evaluation unit has found that the Bank neither fully understood the implications of its "narrow focus on trade liberalisation", nor did enough to strengthen trade capacity on the ground.

8 April 2006

Accountability

News

Aid for trade: “distraction” from a bad deal

The consensus among civil society observers was that the agreement struck at the December Hong Kong WTOtrade ministerial was a bad deal for developing countries, with IFI-backed 'aid for trade' used as a "major distraction".

23 January 2006

Trade

News

IMF shocks facility - will anybody use it?

In November, the IMF's board approved the establishment of the Exogenous Shocks Facility (ESF) to…

23 January 2006

Trade

News

Policy support instrument: Helping hand or more thumb screws?

In October, the IMF board approved the establishment of a Policy Support Instrument (PSI), a non-lending programme which will provide policy advice to poor countries and send a signal to donors and markets about the quality of a country's economic policies. Critics suspect the instrument is little more than a new way "to extend Fund domination".

21 November 2005

Accountability

News

IFI ‘aid for trade’ carrot ahead of Hong Kong trade summit

Details of the BWIs aid for trade package were unveiled at the annual meetings, as officials turned up the pressure to reach a deal at the upcoming trade summit in Hong Kong.

21 November 2005