Middle East & North Africa

Environment

News

Mortgaging Iraq’s oil wealth

As a "key ingredient" of IMF lending and debt relief, Iraq's government has just presented a new draft petroleum law to its cabinet that could permit up to two-thirds of Iraq's known reserves to be exploited by multinational oil companies under contracts lasting for 20 years.

31 January 2007

IFI governance

News

IEO on IMF in Jordan: “moderately successful”

The Independent Evaluation Office has said that the IMF's role in Jordan in the period 1989 - 2004 was "moderately successful".

23 January 2006

Rights

News

Bank and Fund in-roads into Iraq

The Bank approves the first development loan to Iraq at the same time as the IMF signs a stand-by agreement, leading to a dramatic increase in fuel prices.

23 January 2006

Rights

Commentary

The Bank and Fund: do civil society groups in the Arab region realise what’s going on?

Comment by the Arab NGO Network for Development on the need for civil society in the region to take a more active role in monitoring the work of the IFIs.

21 November 2005 | Guest comment

Rights

Background

Reform agenda in the post-war reconstruction of Iraq

Highlights of seminar: the reform agenda in the post-war reconstruction of Iraq

25 September 2005 | Minutes

Rights

Commentary

The World Bank, the apartheid wall and the ghettoisation of Palestine

Comment by Jamal Juma, campaign coordinator of the Palestinian anti-apartheid wall campaign: StoptheWall.

12 September 2005 | Guest comment

Rights

News

Bank and Fund figure out Iraq lending

Recent weeks have further clarified how the World Bank and the IMF are planning to…

17 November 2003

IFI governance

News

Bank/Fund annual meetings 2003 round-up

Short assessment of key issues and decisions at Dubai annual meeting.

25 September 2003

IFI governance

News

WB/IMF Annual Meetings 2003

Likely agenda items for the WB/IMF Annual Meetings 2003

22 July 2003

Rights

News

Bank and IMF role in Iraq taking shape

The World Bank is to play a role in drawing up the national budget for Iraq and possibly in managing a reconstruction trust fund.

21 July 2003

Rights

News

Iraq - Bank and Fund in no man’s land

The Spring Meetings of the Bank and Fund in mid-April saw sparring between US and European ministers over when and how the institutions might get involved in Iraqi reconstruction. Discussions there and subsequently have focussed on assessments of the economic and development situation, oversight of oil revenues, debt relief and reconstruction finance.

26 May 2003

Infrastructure

News

World Bank to back Iran dam

The World Bank plans to back a dam in Mazandaran province, Iran.

25 March 2002