Voting rights

IFI governance

Analysis

Analysis of World Bank voting reforms

The World Bank will continue to be overwhelmingly dominated by rich countries, which stunts its legitimacy and limits its capacity to serve the interests of developing countries.

30 April 2010 | Briefings

IFI governance

News

Spring meetings 2010: communiqués coverage

Coverage of the communiqu

26 April 2010

Infrastructure

Background

Roundtable on post-crisis economic recovery

World Bank event at the World Bank spring meetings 2010, 22 April

23 April 2010 | Minutes

IFI governance

News

DFID annual report on World Bank spots weaknesses

In March, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) released its second annual report reviewing its work with the Bank and setting priorities for 2010.

16 April 2010

IFI governance

News

IMF appoints Chinese senior advisor

In February, Zhu Min, former vice president of the People's Bank of China, was appointed as a special advisor to IMF managing director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Speculation that Strauss-Kahn is to leave in order to stand for the French presidency is rife.

16 April 2010

IFI governance

News

Bank voting remains unbalanced

Small shifts in voting power at the World Bank are expected to be formally agreed at April's spring meetings, leaving high-income countries holding almost 60 per cent of the vote, with further reform put off until 2015. Meanwhile the Bank is expected to receive a smaller capital increase than it sought, which could push lending back to pre-crisis levels.

16 April 2010

Accountability

Background

Meeting between UK civil society and Alex Gibbs, UK IMF Executive Director

Minutes of a meeting between UK civil society, UK IMF Executive Director Alex Gibbs, and UK Treasury staff

30 March 2010 | Minutes

IFI governance

Commentary

Bankspeak of the year 2009

Annual Bretton Woods Project award for the most incomprehensible or absurd use of language in a Bank or Fund document or speech.

15 February 2010 | Humour

IFI governance

News

Schwartz takes over as IEO director

In January, Mexican Moises Schwartz of Mexico took over the position of director of the IMF's Independent Evaluation Office (IEO).

12 February 2010

Accountability

News

IMF still failing to connect with member countries

An independent evaluation of the IMF's dealings with its member countries shows a startling amount of displeasure with the Fund's work in rich and poor countries alike. The IMF board failed to come up with a credible action plan to deal with the problems.

12 February 2010