International

Finance

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Citizens groups set out 6 point alternative plan

Leading non-governmental thinkers and advocates met in Ottawa in parallel with the Commonwealth Finance Ministers’ meeting to discuss financial crises and the needs of the world’s most vulnerable and poorest people.

15 December 1998

Finance

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IDA talks climax

The World Bank is now in the advanced stages of negotiation with donor countries on funding for the next 3 years of its International Development Association soft loan funding arm.

15 September 1998

Finance

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IMF hints at U-turn on capital controls

There are signs that the IMF may be reconsidering its stance that all capital flows are harmful.

15 September 1998

IFI governance

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CAS publication agreed

The Bank has agreed to publish Country Assistance Strategies (CAS) - the documents which set out the Bank’s multi-year lending plans - once they have been discussed by the Board and if the borrower government requests it.

15 September 1998

Finance

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“New debt crisis”

Investors’ growing aversion to risk is leading to a general withdrawal of finance from many Southern countries.

15 September 1998

IFI governance

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Distilling lessons from the ESAF Reviews

Many NGOs have fed in comments to the IMF about its staff report Distilling the Lessons of the ESAF Reviews.

15 September 1998

IFI governance

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East Asia Crisis group examines NGO roles

The World Bank has established an East Asia Crisis working group to tackle some of the social aspects of the financial crisis.

15 September 1998

IFI governance

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New analysis of how to change the Bank

MIT Press has just published a fascinating analysis of efforts to change the World Bank.

15 September 1998

IFI governance

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Senior Bank environment post kept after NGO letter

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).

15 September 1998

IFI governance

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Oxfam Guide examines participation

An Oxfam publication by Tricia Feeney provides a very useful analysis of approaches to participation in development projects.

15 September 1998

Rights

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Mining conference

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.

15 September 1998

Knowledge

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London seminars to assess Stiglitz “consensus”

The Centre for Economic Policy for Southern Africa (CEPSA) at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London is in October launching a lecture series “Addressing the Post-Washington Consensus”.

15 September 1998