International

Knowledge

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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

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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

Rights

News

UK committee criticises Bank and Fund over conflict roles

The UK International Development Select Committee of MPs has criticised the IMF and Bank for failing to raise concerns with the Rwandan government about the discrimination and intimidation of Tutsis prior to the civil war.

15 September 1999

Social services

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Bank doubts wisdom of private infrastructure

The Financial Times reported in July that World Bank East Asia Vice President Jean-Michel Severino admitted that the Bank and other organisations had been naive about the benefits of private infrastructure.

15 September 1999

Accountability

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Bank develops “governance indicators”

On 1 July the Bank held an informal Board seminar to discuss “governance indicators”.

15 September 1999

Knowledge

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Independent e-conference on Poverty WDR first draft

The Bretton Woods Project will run an electronic conference to discuss the first draft of the World Bank’s Poverty World Development Report.

15 September 1999

IFI governance

News

Strategic Compact assessment

The Bretton Woods Project recently obtained two documents in which the World Bank evaluates progress of its Strategic Compact internal reform initiative and sets out strategy for the next few years.

15 September 1999