North America

IFI governance

News

Who will be the next World Bank president?

In an email sent to both his board and news agency Reuters, current Bank president…

7 January 2005

Environment

News

Town hall meeting between civil society and Bank Fund heads

Highlights from a meeting between Bank president Wolfensohn, Fund director Rato, South African finance minister Trevor Manuel, UK chancellor Gordon Brown, and NGOs.

5 October 2004

IFI governance

News

Mission unaccomplished: more reports, no new money

The World Bank-IMF annual meetings drew to a close with little or no progress made on any of the substantive issues.

4 October 2004

Rights

News

Annual meetings update: NGO press pass cancelled

A decision has been taken to discontinue the NGO press pass for the meetings, marking a serious step backwards in relations with civil society.

27 July 2004

Private Sector

News

Acres debarment: Litmus test for Bank on corruption

The Bank's sanctions committee has reopened the debarment case against Acres International, a Canadian firm whose conviction for bribing an official was upheld by the Lesotho appeals court last August.

5 April 2004

Rights

News

60th anniversary plans - 17th - 24th April

This year marks the 60th year of the founding of the World Bank and IMF, several activities are planned to coincide with the institutions spring meetings to highlight the devastating impact of their policies, programs and projects and to continue the campaign for global justice.

15 March 2004

Trade

News

BWI reform discussed at UN dialogues

The Financing for Development (FfD) process held its first high-level follow-up to assess progress over three days in New York, 28 - 30 October.

5 November 2003

WB/IMF roles

News

2003: A Bank Oddity

At the Telluride Tech Festival in Boulder, Colorado, the World Bank apparently co-sponsored the participation…

11 September 2003

Accountability

News

Bank silent on corporate corruption in Lesotho

Controversy over the call for debarment of a Canadian contractor is proving a litmus test of the Bank's commitment to apply the same standards to corrupt Northern companies as it does to Southern governments.

8 September 2003

Finance

News

Bank role in global funds ruled out

The World Bank was rejected as a possible agency to manage any new global funds for development at a meeting in Pocantico, New York in May.

8 September 2003

IFI governance

News

Structural adjustment for IMF cafeteria

For years, IMF staffers, some of Washington's highest-paid workers, have been enjoying haute cuisine at cut-rate prices. Frugal friends from the World Bank have also been spotted at the Fund trough since their subsidized lunch was axed in 1995. In the spirit of Labour Day solidarity, the IMF stopped subsidising the food at its cafeteria on May 1.

26 May 2003

Infrastructure

News

World Bank was “Enron pawn”

A report released by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) claims the World Bank provided over $750 million in assistance to Enron power projects in seven different countries in the 1990s.

8 May 2002