International

IFI governance

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World Bank reports on successes and future tasks

The Bank’s External Affairs team recently published a 14 page document summarising progress during Wolfensohn’s time as President.

15 June 1999

Social services

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IMF/WHO collaboration

IMF staff have met Dr Bruntland, head of the World Health Organisation, to identify mechanisms for IMF-WHO collaboration.

15 June 1999

Knowledge

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Absolute poverty rising: targets doubtful

New World Bank estimates suggest that 1.5bn people live in abject poverty, up from 1.

15 June 1999

IFI governance

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Reinventing the World Bank

In May Northwestern University, Chicago, and SOAS, London, organised a meeting to examine the World Bank’s mission, operations and research output.

15 June 1999

Knowledge

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Bank Poverty Assessments - “irrelevant”?

The Bank’s Poverty Assessments contain “relatively little of policy relevance” because of their narrow focus on income-based poverty lines, according to a report by the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague.

14 April 1999

Private Sector

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Confusion about WB private sector review

Government officials who negotiated contributions to the Bank’s IDA 12 lending window agreed with the Bank that “a clear private sector development strategy should be established for the World bank Group during the course of 1999 to guide the work of the IBRD, IDA, IFC and MIGA”.

15 March 1999

Infrastructure

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Dams Commission workplan nears completion

The World Commission on Dams has nearly completed its workplan and selected consultants to lead work on the thematic reviews.

15 March 1999

Accountability

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Corporate lobbying at the Bank exposed

A recent article in the Legal Times alleges that there is significant corporate lobbying of the World Bank.

15 March 1999

News

Thanks for support

The Bretton Woods Project thanks the CS Mott Foundation and Christian Aid for their continued support.

15 March 1999

Knowledge

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Bank approach to social capital criticised

Ben Fine, Professor of Economics at SOAS, University of London, has produced a 30,000 word paper which reviews and severely critiques the World Bank’s approach to social capital.

15 March 1999

Rights

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Post-crisis social code diluted to weak Bank principles

There is danger that the aims and scope of the social principles (formerly the Social Code), which was proposed by Gordon Brown as a fourth pillar of the new international architecure, will be watered down to become simply a framework for the Bank’s social policy.

15 March 1999

Accountability

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Last ditch attempt to save Inspection Panel

On March 24 the World Bank Board will hold a special consultation session about likely changes to the Bank’s Independent Inspection Panel.

15 March 1999