Bank President James Wolfensohn spent much of the Bank Annual Meeting distancing his institution from its sibling, insisting that it is not a “second level IMF” and does not provide bail-out funds.
In September over 50 NGOs from 15 countries made recommendations to the World Bank on the environment.
In response to the external ESAF Review, the World Bank is to collaborate with the IMF in pilot projects in Nicaragua, Vietnam, Tajikistan, Ethiopia, Cameroon and Zimbabwe over the next 12-18 months.
Many NGOs have fed in comments to the IMF about its staff report Distilling the Lessons of the ESAF Reviews.
Leading human rights NGOs met World Bank President Wolfensohn in June.
MIT Press has just published a fascinating analysis of efforts to change the World Bank.
The World Bank has circulated a consultation paper towards a proposed Policy Research Report on gender issues to be published in Spring 2000.
An Oxfam publication by Tricia Feeney provides a very useful analysis of approaches to participation in development projects.
The Bank has now accepted that its Forest Policy Implementation Review will look at effects on forests of its non-forest lending, and that its Operations Evaluation Department will do some of the field studies.
A refreshing new World Bank discussion paper frankly recognises that aid agencies are not cooperating effectively, and that mechanisms such as Consultative Groups and the Bank’s internal culture need to change.
The Centre for Economic Policy for Southern Africa (CEPSA) at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London is in October launching a lecture series “Addressing the Post-Washington Consensus”.
There are signs that the IMF may be reconsidering its stance that all capital flows are harmful.