International

IFI governance

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“New” IFC strategy fails to address key issues

In 1997 the IFC commissioned a welcome review of its objectives following pressure from NGOs and some Executive Directors who argued that it emphasised deal-making in response to the private sector at the expense of any clear focus on poverty alleviation or environmental protection.

15 September 1998

Knowledge

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Discussions proposed on economic growth

The Bretton Woods Project has been working with Both ENDS and other organisations to discuss a possible meeting to discuss the fundamental way that the World Bank/IMF measure development: economic growth.

15 September 1998

IFI governance

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New IFC chief appointed from private sector

The IFC has just announced who will replace its Executive Vice President, Jannik Lindbaek, who is retiring because of ill health at the end of the year.

15 September 1998

Accountability

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Brazil Congress reviews IFIs

In August a Commission of the Brazilian Congress held a hearing to examine the multilateral financial institutions.

15 September 1998

Knowledge

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Controversy over knowledge development report

Drafting the 1998 World Development Report has proved so controversial that one of its co-authors resigned and the Board asked for changes which delayed its print schedule.

15 September 1998

IFI governance

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SAPRI initiative meetings

Civil society groups in Hungary, Uganda, Ghana and Ecuador met World Bank representatives at national conferences to begin the investigative stage of the Structural Adjustment Programme Review Initiative (SAPRI).

15 September 1998

Knowledge

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Official report critiques Bank poverty strategy

A new report, commissioned by the Government of Norway, reveals that the World Bank has a long way to go in clarifying and operationalising its poverty reduction objectives.

15 September 1998

IFI governance

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Towards a partnership Bank?

A refreshing new World Bank discussion paper frankly recognises that aid agencies are not cooperating effectively, and that mechanisms such as Consultative Groups and the Bank’s internal culture need to change.

15 September 1998

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London information centre moves

The World Bank’s London office has transferred responsibility for providing public access to World Bank operational documents to the EMIC library at the Department of Trade and Industry, Kingsgate House, Victoria Street.

15 September 1998

IFI governance

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Changes at Bank NGO Unit

The World Bank is searching for a new coordinator for its NGO Unit to replace John Clarke who is moving to the Asia department to become the Focal Point for NGO relations there.

15 September 1998

IFI governance

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Participation Conference

Participation experiences in 20 Bank-assisted operations will be reviewed in an international conference co-sponsored by the World Bank, to be held in Washington in November 1998.

15 September 1998

Finance

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Middle-income country charges up

To halt the decline in its income, the World Bank has raised the charges middle-income…

15 September 1998