International

Finance

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“New debt crisis”

Investors’ growing aversion to risk is leading to a general withdrawal of finance from many Southern countries.

15 September 1998

Finance

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Middle-income country charges up

To halt the decline in its income, the World Bank has raised the charges middle-income…

15 September 1998

Accountability

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Brazil Congress reviews IFIs

In August a Commission of the Brazilian Congress held a hearing to examine the multilateral financial institutions.

15 September 1998

IFI governance

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East Asia Crisis group examines NGO roles

The World Bank has established an East Asia Crisis working group to tackle some of the social aspects of the financial crisis.

15 September 1998

Social services

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NGO network on health and adjustment

A new European network has been established to work on the health impacts of debt and adjustment and promote good health policies.

15 September 1998

IFI governance

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SAPRI initiative meetings

Civil society groups in Hungary, Uganda, Ghana and Ecuador met World Bank representatives at national conferences to begin the investigative stage of the Structural Adjustment Programme Review Initiative (SAPRI).

15 September 1998

IFI governance

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Senior Bank environment post kept after NGO letter

A joint NGO letter recently helped prevent a plan by World Bank Managing Directors to axe the Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development Vice Presidency (ESSD).

15 September 1998

Knowledge

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Organising for the 2000 poverty report

The 2000 Report will tackle poverty and be led by Ravi Kanbur, of Cornell University in the USA, working with a team of Bank staff including Michael Walton, Director, Poverty Reduction.

15 September 1998

Knowledge

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Official report critiques Bank poverty strategy

A new report, commissioned by the Government of Norway, reveals that the World Bank has a long way to go in clarifying and operationalising its poverty reduction objectives.

15 September 1998

Rights

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Mining conference

A World Bank conference this July in Padang, Papua New Guinea, discussed “mining and the community in South-East Asia” but many NGOs known to represent mine-affected people were not invited.

15 September 1998

Knowledge

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What is the WDR for, and how is it produced?

Given the lack of clarity and satisfaction about how WDRs are produced, and the difficulty of persuading the authors to recognise and include alternative views, the Bretton Woods Project has written to the Bank asking for a formal explanation.

15 September 1998

News

London information centre moves

The World Bank’s London office has transferred responsibility for providing public access to World Bank operational documents to the EMIC library at the Department of Trade and Industry, Kingsgate House, Victoria Street.

15 September 1998