In April Jane Hill, President of the American Anthropological Association, wrote a strong letter to Bank Group President James Wolfensohn and Carol Lee, IFC Vice President and General Counsel.
More flexibility and a new approach was suggested in the external review of the Enhanced Structural Adjustment Facility (IMF loans to poorer countries) published in March.
The IDA Deputies - government officials who negotiate the refinancing of the World Bank’s International Development Association concessional lending arm - have met twice to discuss the policy framework for future IDA lending.
The IMF has been urged to be more transparent and accountable by a US Study Group convened by the Centre of Concern, and by the UK Chancellor.
Friends of the Earth US and other NGOs wrote to their government representatives in April to stress that the donor discussions about providing more money for MIGA should talk about reforms first and about shifting the portfolio away from mining and fossil fuel projects such as the controversial Lihir Island goldmine in Papua New Guinea.
In addition to extending the IMF’s role, its governors have been examining measures to prevent future financial sector crises.
The IMF is holding a meeting in late May in Ghana to explain its strategy to NGOs there.
Giving the WIDER annual lecture in Helsinki the World Bank Chief Economist called for a…
The Second Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva was marked by protests in many countries.
The quality of Bank country assistance strategies (CASs) has improved in the last two years, concludes a recent Bank review.
The Bank is just completing a review of three years of "Higher Impact Adjustment Lending"…
In March the Bank Board discussed the Bank’s approach to NGOs.