The Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC), based in Cape Town, South Africa, has launched a newsletter to monitor the World Bank and IMF activities in Southern Africa.
The World Bank has re-launched its newsletter aimed at civil society groups.
World Bank interactions with parliamentarians have been increasing in recent years.
A closed-door meeting between CEOs of leading pesticide/biotech companies and World Bank President James Wolfensohn in early December received strong opposition from Pesticide Action Network North America and 14 other NGOs.
As consultations on the World Bank’s disclosure policy move ahead, the Bank has taken steps which allow governments to withhold essential information to country stakeholders.
Many people are wondering what the World Bank and IMF Prague annual meetings, plus associated independent discussions and protests amounted to.
The IMF’s Executive Board agreed to improve IMF transparency in September, including writing documents in clearer language and making them available in other languages than English.
A number of NGOs are mobilizing to input into the redrafting of the World Bank’s information disclosure policy.
The latest issue of News and Notices for World Bank Watchers discusses World Bank social and environmental assessments and calls for a new “dynamic assessment” procedure.
In late May Ravi Kanbur resigned from his position as World Development Report lead author following attempts by Bank and government officials to make him change his text.