International

IFI governance

News

Bank reform: what’s new?

In April the Bank’s Board discussed a progress report on the Strategic Compact: Wolfensohn’s reform package agreed one year ago.

15 April 1998

Private Sector

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Bank "Business Partnerships" scheme launched

The World Bank has committed $3 million to a “Business Partners for Development” initiative to undertake studies and pilot projects involving companies, NGOs and governments.

15 April 1998

Finance

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Private flows slowdown

Private capital flows fell sharply in the latter half of 1997 after having risen in the beginning of the year, as short-term capital flowed out of emerging markets in the wake of the Asian crisis.

15 April 1998

Knowledge

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Are the 2015 poverty targets realistic?

A draft World Bank report examines poverty trends and assesses whether economic growth will be sufficient to reduce poverty to the 2015 targets agreed by donor governments in the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee.

15 January 1998

Accountability

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Inspecting the Inspectors

In February the World Bank Board will again review the functioning of the Bank’s Inspection Panel, subject of two new NGO reports.

15 January 1998

Knowledge

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Measuring Knowledge

The 1998 World Development Report (WDR) will address issues of “Knowledge and Information for Development”.

15 January 1998

Knowledge

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“Include poor in poverty solutions”: new Bank Report

In an annually repeated ritual the World Bank has "reaffirmed the central importance of poverty…

15 January 1998

IFI governance

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GEF: Gift Horse or Force for Change?

A critical study prepared for a meeting to discuss replenishing the Global Environment Facility, an international fund for environmental, criticises the World Bank’s use of the resources.

15 January 1998

Rights

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Regulating or Freeing NGOs?

The Bank-commissioned Handbook on Good Practices for Laws Relating to Non-Governmental Organisations has been criticised in a report by the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights.

15 January 1998

Conditionality

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Trigger conditions explained

A country assistance strategy (CAS) identifies “high”, “base” and “low” case lending scenarios - which one a country initially receives depends on its economic prospects.

15 January 1998

IFI governance

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World Bank Plans Profitable CO2 Trading

The Kyoto climate change meeting in December brought together ministers from 160 countries to agree binding restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions.

15 January 1998

Rights

News

Sydney Workers’ Rights Push

World Bank officials at a conference in Sydney last November were pressed by AID/WATCH and trade union officials to introduce mandatory labour standards.

15 January 1998