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Bank Poverty Assessments - “irrelevant”?

The Bank’s Poverty Assessments contain “relatively little of policy relevance” because of their narrow focus on income-based poverty lines, according to a report by the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague.

14 April 1999

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Democracy and civil society rise up Bank’s agenda

At the end of February the World Bank and the Government of Korea hosted a conference entitled Democracy, Market Economy and Development.

15 March 1999

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Bank approach to social capital criticised

Ben Fine, Professor of Economics at SOAS, University of London, has produced a 30,000 word paper which reviews and severely critiques the World Bank’s approach to social capital.

15 March 1999

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Bank/Fund growth model questioned

Both ENDS and the Bretton Woods Project co-organised a roundtable meeting in early March to discuss the World Bank and IMF’s core economic models.

15 March 1999

Accountability

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Last ditch attempt to save Inspection Panel

On March 24 the World Bank Board will hold a special consultation session about likely changes to the Bank’s Independent Inspection Panel.

15 March 1999

Private Sector

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New IFC chief expresses need for new inspiration

Peter Woicke, new Executive Vice President of IFC (the World Bank’s private finance investment arm) told IFC magazine Impact why he left J.P. Morgan Securities after 29 years.

15 March 1999

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Bank participation in carbon fund in doubt

The World Bank may have failed to secure European financial support for the Prototype Carbon Fund, one of the controversial carbon-trading schemes devised to implement the Kyoto climate change protocol.

15 March 1999

Infrastructure

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Narmada dam construction restarts

Construction has restarted on the Sardar Sarovar (Narmada) dam, Western India, after a decision by the Supreme Court.

15 March 1999

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IMF “serious” about improving NGOs relations

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15 March 1999

Infrastructure

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Dams Commission workplan nears completion

The World Commission on Dams has nearly completed its workplan and selected consultants to lead work on the thematic reviews.

15 March 1999

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Thanks for support

The Bretton Woods Project thanks the CS Mott Foundation and Christian Aid for their continued support.

15 March 1999

Rights

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Post-crisis social code diluted to weak Bank principles

There is danger that the aims and scope of the social principles (formerly the Social Code), which was proposed by Gordon Brown as a fourth pillar of the new international architecure, will be watered down to become simply a framework for the Bank’s social policy.

15 March 1999