International

Infrastructure

News

TOP SECRET: Bank strategy on Asian private infrastructure

The impact of the East Asia crisis on private infrastructure projects has been comparatively little discussed.

15 December 1999

Rights

News

Bank/NGO communications strategy assessed

The Bank’s NGO Unit has commissioned a needs assessment of communications strategies between the World Bank and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).

15 September 1999

Private Sector

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Int. Chamber of Commerce Partners with Bank

In June the World Bank agreed to step up cooperation with the International Chamber of Commerce to boost the private sector, trade and investment in the Bank’s member countries.

15 September 1999

IFI governance

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Forest policy review delay, IFC scrutinised

The regional consultations that will inform the World Bank’s forest policy review have had to be delayed; they will not start until February or March 2000.

15 September 1999

Conditionality

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WB-IMF orthodoxy rivalled by Asian Development Bank

The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), led by its new head Masaru Yoshitomi, has mounted an attack on the IMF’s use of conventional policies for dealing with the crisis in Asia and plans to hold meetings and seminars to challenge the IMF’s approach at the Bank/Fund annual meetings.

15 September 1999

Knowledge

News

Globalization, urbanization, environment assessed

The Bank’s World Development Report 1999-2000, due out in mid-September, will examine globalization, localization, urbanization, and environmental change, presenting their implications for institutions and for policy.

15 September 1999

IFI governance

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CDF country pilots show wide differences in approach

Wolfensohn’s Comprehensive Development Framework, which aims to make the World Bank more responsive to different policy proposals, and encourage long-term, integrated decision-making, is now being piloted in 12 countries.

15 September 1999

Knowledge

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“Knowledge Bank” claims queried

The Bretton Woods Project has received copies of draft papers by two academics critically querying the World Bank’s claims to have become a “knowledge bank”.

15 September 1999

Finance

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Africans to challenge Washington Consensus

African NGOs met in Nairobi in August to discuss and formulate an Africa Consensus on economic and social development to challenge the Washington Consensus.

15 September 1999

Environment

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NGO review of Bank social assessments

US NGO grouping InterAction is reviewing Bank social assessments.

15 September 1999

Private Sector

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WB corporate governance initiative explained

Ann Simpson, head of the World Bank’s new corporate governance initiative, explained her plans to UK NGOs in August.

15 September 1999

Rights

News

Civil society engagement in Consultative Groups

UK NGO Christian Aid has begun a research project on the role of civil society groups in Consultative Group and Round Table donor coordination and planning bodies.

15 September 1999