Investors’ growing aversion to risk is leading to a general withdrawal of finance from many Southern countries.
To halt the decline in its income, the World Bank has raised the charges middle-income…
In August a Commission of the Brazilian Congress held a hearing to examine the multilateral financial institutions.
The World Bank has established an East Asia Crisis working group to tackle some of the social aspects of the financial crisis.
A new European network has been established to work on the health impacts of debt and adjustment and promote good health policies.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.