Brazil and the IMF announced they would renew a financial arrangement at the end of the year, sparking new doubts about the methods and motives of Lula's government. The news came shortly after Rede Brasil, a network of Brazilian NGOs and social movements, urged the government not to sign.
One of the first pilot projects using the World Bank's climate change carbon trading programmes has come under fire from local groups for endorsing destructive tree plantations.
Members of the Brazilian parliament have called on their colleagues to form a parliamentary front on IFIs and the national banking system.
Brazil is clearly a controversial illustration of World Bank land reform policy.
In Brazil a national plebiscite on External Debt, held in September, rejected the government’s agreement with the IMF and its commitment to full debt repayment at whatever cost.
A July Urgent Action bulletin from Survival International urges the World Bank and Government of Brazil to act to uphold conditions attached to an 18 year old World Bank loan.
Brazilian activist Marcos Arruda exposes the problems with his government’s economic policies and the role of the IMF in a new book.
In February, government and opposition parties called for the Brazilian IMF representative, Lorenzo Perez, to leave the country and accused the IMF of meddling in its domestic affairs.
The second Inspection Panel claim on the pilot phase of the Brazilian land reform project, commonly known as Cedula da Terra, was denied for reasons of eligibility of the requesters.
In late November a delegation of Swiss NGOs, parliamentarians and senior aid officials travelled to Brazil to examine recent World Bank lending to that country.
Last year the World Bank lent billions of dollars to Brazil, claiming that they would support social safety-nets during the financial crisis.