International

IFI governance

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Forest Policy Reviews

The World Bank has agreed to carry out a forest policy implementation review followed by a Forest Sector Strategy review over the next few months.

15 January 1998

Knowledge

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Are the 2015 poverty targets realistic?

A draft World Bank report examines poverty trends and assesses whether economic growth will be sufficient to reduce poverty to the 2015 targets agreed by donor governments in the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee.

15 January 1998

Finance

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IMF criticism grows as S. E. Asia Crisis Worsens

Doubts about the IMF’s capacity to deal with international currency problems are mounting as the South East Asian crisis worsens despite the IMF’s bail-out efforts.

15 January 1998

Knowledge

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“Include poor in poverty solutions”: new Bank Report

In an annually repeated ritual the World Bank has "reaffirmed the central importance of poverty…

15 January 1998

Finance

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Aiding banks or people?

The IMF’s interventions have again raised discussions of who bears the burden of financial crises.

15 January 1998

Conditionality

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Trigger conditions explained

A country assistance strategy (CAS) identifies “high”, “base” and “low” case lending scenarios - which one a country initially receives depends on its economic prospects.

15 January 1998

Finance

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US NGOs battle to stop quota funds

The 50 Years is Enough alliance of NGOs took to Washington’s streets in January to protest about US funding for the IMF and its bailout of the Asian economies.

15 January 1998

IFI governance

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Shaping your country’s future

Bread for the World Institute has produced a guide to advise NGOs and civil society groups on how to influence the World Bank’s Country Assistance Strategies (CASs).

15 January 1998

Finance

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IMF creates new loans to help with financial crises

The IMF has established the Supplemental Reserve Facility (SRF) to provide extra resources to countries with balance of payments problems caused by rapid capital outflows such as those experienced in South East Asia.

15 January 1998

Social services

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New Education Strategy

The Human Development Department of the World bank is preparing an Education Sector Strategy Paper (ESSP).

15 January 1998

Conditionality

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Bank Gender Performance Criticised

The NGO network Women’s Eyes on the World Bank has produced a report examining the Bank’s efforts to bring its lending practices into line with the steps agreed at the 1995 World Conference on Women.

15 January 1998

IFI governance

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Good Governance for BWIs

The IMF and World Bank should reform their constitutional rules and decision-making procedures and practices if they are to achieve the standard of good governance they themselves have defined for borrowing members.

15 January 1998