International

Rights

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Bank specialist assesses NGO networks

Kathy Bain, Latin America civil society specialist at the World Bank, has written a draft paper on The Accountability of Trans-National NGO Networks in Policy Alliances with the World Bank.

15 June 1999

Accountability

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Curbing corruption

IMF policies have exacerbated corruption according to a Christian Aid briefing on new approaches to debt relief.

15 June 1999

Conditionality

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Forest conditionality explored

A new paper from the World Resources Institute examines the World Bank’s use of adjustment lending to promote policy reform for favourable environmental outcomes.

15 June 1999

IFI governance

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New Bank NGO chief unveils plans

This spring Willy Reuben left a Costa Rican NGO to join the World Bank as head of its NGO Unit.

15 June 1999

Knowledge

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Implementing the Bank’s new “Comprehensive Framework”

The Bank has established a secretariat to coordinate work on the Comprehensive Development Framework (CDF), the initiative on donor coordination and integrated analysis launched in January.

15 June 1999

Knowledge

News

WDR to tackle trade, finance, global environment

The World Bank’s 1999/2000 World Development Report, due for release in September, will contain much material of interest to NGOs working on international policy issues.

15 June 1999

Social services

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Education Now

Oxfam International (OI) has launched a new campaign, Education Now: Break the Cycle of Poverty, calling for high-quality universal primary education by 2015.

15 June 1999

Private Sector

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Elections “don’t matter”: says Indonesia fund manager

Foreigners may not know much about these parties, they may not care much, but at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter who wins as long as the IMF and World Bank are still calling the shots.

15 June 1999

Accountability

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World Bank appoints senior policy compliance advisor

The World Bank Group has appointed the first IFC/MIGA Compliance Advisor/Ombudsperson.

15 June 1999

IFI governance

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Bank health loans fail check-up

The World Bank’s Operations Evaluation Unit recently criticised Bank loans for Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP).

15 June 1999

Knowledge

News

Absolute poverty rising: targets doubtful

New World Bank estimates suggest that 1.5bn people live in abject poverty, up from 1.

15 June 1999

Private Sector

News

MIGA policies finalised

In May the Board of Directors of MIGA, the World Bank Group’s private sector risk guarantee arm, agreed new policies and procedures.

15 June 1999