NGOs at the WTO High Level Symposium on Trade and Development in March signed a statement expressing outrage at the way that Paul Collier (Director, Development Research Group, World Bank) chaired the session on “Linkages between trade and development policies”.
IMF policies have exacerbated corruption according to a Christian Aid briefing on new approaches to debt relief.
This spring Willy Reuben left a Costa Rican NGO to join the World Bank as head of its NGO Unit.
In late April, after a contentious internal review, the World Bank Board approved changes to its Inspection Panel, the forum for citizen complaints about Bank-financed projects that harm people and the environment.
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The Bank has established a secretariat to coordinate work on the Comprehensive Development Framework (CDF), the initiative on donor coordination and integrated analysis launched in January.
Oxfam International (OI) has launched a new campaign, Education Now: Break the Cycle of Poverty, calling for high-quality universal primary education by 2015.
The World Bank’s energy policy paper will come to the Board on 20 July, following two and a half years of discussions.
The Bretton Woods Update (March 1999) reported that the 2 social advisors recently appointed to the IMF were being funded by the Department for International Development (DFID).
Foreigners may not know much about these parties, they may not care much, but at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter who wins as long as the IMF and World Bank are still calling the shots.
The World Bank’s Operations Evaluation Unit recently criticised Bank loans for Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP).
The Bank’s External Affairs team recently published a 14 page document summarising progress during Wolfensohn’s time as President.