Voting rights

IFI governance

News

New aspects of IMF voting inequity

A new study reveals complex aspects of the undemocratic nature of the IMF.

28 January 2003

IFI governance

News

Bank launches trade tome

The release of Development, Trade and the WTO: A Handbook signals the World Bank’s rapidly increasing involvement in trade issues, triggering fears that its policy biases will gain too influential a foothold.

24 July 2002

IFI governance

News

Parliamentarians gear up to increase scrutiny of World Bank

A number of efforts are moving forward to make it easier for elected representatives to monitor the World Bank. They include the World Bank Parliamentary Network and initiatives stemming from the World Social Forum and the French parliament. Closer collaboration with NGO Bank-watchers will help make them a success.

25 March 2002

IFI governance

News

Wolfensohn appoints poverty results champion under pressure from US

The World Bank has appointed a new Vice President for “results”. He commented, “we need to move from largely measuring inputs to better focusing on outputs and outcomes”. This is a response to calls from the US administration which has said it will make future contributions to the Bank conditional on measuring precise results.

25 March 2002

IFI governance

News

New briefing on IMF reform proposals

A new briefing argues for a reformed International Monetary Fund within “a new financial architecture”.

2 November 2001

IFI governance

News

Headhunting policy updated

The joint draft report from the Executive Board Working Groups reviewing the leadership selection processes of the World Bank and IMF recommends that candidates could be nationals of any member country, and that Executive Directors should agree on a shortlist and make an appointment by consensus.

18 June 2001

IFI governance

News

Study urges overhaul of international institutions

A new study from the United Nations University (UNU), an autonomous UN institution based in Tokyo, calls for an overhaul of international institutions.

18 June 2001

IFI governance

Analysis

Success or failure? Wolfensohn’s reforms at the World Bank

The World Bank is again trumpeting the changes it has made during Wolfensohn’s Presidency. But recent Bank documents reveal that many problems remain. These include a failure to institute a system for monitoring staff contributions to results in alleviating poverty, taking on too many global issues, and failing to balance global goals and national programmes. In a recent survey only 33% of developing country government officials said they thought the Bank was “effective” in hel

5 April 2001 | Briefings

IFI governance

Analysis

IMF Governance Update

Information on processes and opportunities for influencing the IMF's governance structures.

15 February 2001 | Briefings

IFI governance

News

Bretton Woods summit on Dutch coast

Many people have discussed at different times the idea of organizing a new, alternative Bretton Woods summit to update the one of 1944 which gave rise to the World Bank and IMF.

12 December 2000