Trade-finance coherence

Trade

News

IMF Trade Integration Mechanism: Sweetening a sour deal

With much fanfare, the Board of the IMF approved the Trade Integration Mechanism in April, a new insurance policy to entice developing countries back to the multilateral trade table.

24 May 2004

Trade

News

High-level conference on "trade, growth and poverty"

Organised by the UK Department for International Development, the World Bank, IMF and UNDP, a two-day conference held in London 8-9 December gathered officials, agency representatives and academics to discuss the links between trade, growth and poverty. The objective of the conference was to provide direction on how to integrate trade into national development strategies.

14 January 2004

Rights

News

Meeting: ‘milestone’ or ‘millstone’ for Bank/civil society relations?

Concerns have been raised about a new high-level initiative involving the World Bank and selected civil society groups.

17 November 2003

Accountability

News

World Bank trade capacity building: “doing it for them”

A leaked copy of the evaluation of the Integrated Framework for trade-related capacity building for Least Developed Countries should lead observers to question the World Bank's chief role in the initiative.

17 November 2003

Trade

News

BWI reform discussed at UN dialogues

The Financing for Development (FfD) process held its first high-level follow-up to assess progress over three days in New York, 28 - 30 October.

5 November 2003

Accountability

News

Interim report on the evaluation of the Integrated Framework

Interim report of evaluator Capra International to the heads of agencies of the Integrated Framework for trade-related technical assistance 10 July 2003 in Washington.

6 August 2003

Trade

Analysis

Harmonisation and coherence: White knights or Trojan horses?

In recent months, the World Bank has been leading the charge to increase the harmonisation of donor policies and further coherence between the Bank, the IMF and the WTO.

30 July 2003 | At Issue

Accountability

News

Update on the Integrated Framework

The Integrated Framework for Technical Assistance to the Least Developed Countries (IF) is a multi-agency initiative to coordinate national ministries, donors and multilateral agencies in the provision of trade-related capacity building.

26 May 2003

Conditionality

News

Circling the wagons: World Bank-IMF-WTO coherence

The heads of the World Bank and IMF spoke to the General Council - the highest-level decision-making body of the World Trade Organisation - on 13 May on the benefits of increasing coherence between their respective agencies. Civil society groups counter that the use of the word 'coherence' is a ruse designed to bring countries in line with a set of flawed economic policies.

26 May 2003

Conditionality

News

World Bank on Special and Differential Treatment: Bad Economics, Worse Politics

As if the debate on Special and Differential Treatment (SDT) at the WTO wasn’t heated enough, the World Bank has decided to up the temperature a little with its own, highly partisan, contribution.

1 May 2003