International

WB/IMF roles

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Bank is “not the IMF”

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.

15 December 1998

IFI governance

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Greening the Bank: next steps

In September over 50 NGOs from 15 countries made recommendations to the World Bank on the environment.

15 December 1998

Conditionality

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WB/IMF collaboration plans

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.

15 December 1998

IFI governance

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Distilling lessons from the ESAF Reviews

Many NGOs have fed in comments to the IMF about its staff report Distilling the Lessons of the ESAF Reviews.

15 September 1998

Rights

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Bank boss meets rights groups

Leading human rights NGOs met World Bank President Wolfensohn in June.

15 September 1998

IFI governance

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New analysis of how to change the Bank

MIT Press has just published a fascinating analysis of efforts to change the World Bank.

15 September 1998

Knowledge

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Draft Bank gender policy queried

The World Bank has circulated a consultation paper towards a proposed Policy Research Report on gender issues to be published in Spring 2000.

15 September 1998

IFI governance

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Oxfam Guide examines participation

An Oxfam publication by Tricia Feeney provides a very useful analysis of approaches to participation in development projects.

15 September 1998

IFI governance

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Forest review concession

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.

15 September 1998

IFI governance

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Towards a partnership Bank?

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.

15 September 1998

Knowledge

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London seminars to assess Stiglitz “consensus”

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”.

15 September 1998

Finance

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IMF hints at U-turn on capital controls

There are signs that the IMF may be reconsidering its stance that all capital flows are harmful.

15 September 1998