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Private Sector

Analysis

4 December 2007 | At Issue

The International Finance Corporation: Behind the rhetoric

There is evidence that the IFC's financing of small and medium enterprises, almost all of which occurs via financial intermediaries, is under-supervised, and that direct lending is still focused on large companies in emerging market economies with questionable value-added.

IFI governance

News

26 October 2007

Reuniones anuales 2007 del Banco y el Fondo

Los miembros del personal del Banco y del Fondo, los miembros de las Juntas, y los Ministros de Desarrollo y de Finanzas estarán en Washington para las reuniones anuales del 19 al 22 de octubre.

Finance

Background

4 December 2007 | Inside the institutions

The IMF and financial sector reform

While the World Bank has done a lot of work on financial sector reform, the IMF is also a key actor. Since facing criticism over its lack of understanding of financial markets in the wake of the 1997 Asian financial crisis, the IMF has significantly increased its capacity for analysis of the financial sector.

IFI governance

News

4 December 2007

Ungovernable debate over Fund governance reform

With the wait for new leadership at the IMF over and the deadline for a deal on quota reform looming, the hard bargaining over power at the Fund will now begin. Still no end to European dominance of the institution is in site.

Finance

News

4 December 2007

Less carrot, more stick please

As negotiations close over donations to the World Bank's financing arm for low income countries, civil society groups have expressed disappointment over the failure to make progress on conditionality, debt sustainability, allocation or impact assessment.

Environment

News

4 December 2007

Climate contradictions: World Bank sets up shop in Bali

The key role that the World Bank is preparing to play in December's international climate change conference in Bali sits uncomfortably with its continued commitment to fossil fuel funding and failure to make a meaningful shift in its energy lending

Finance

News

4 December 2007

New World Bank financing instruments

Two areas that Robert Zoellick's Bank is likely to focus on are the promotion of risk management instruments, and developing local currency bond markets.

IFI governance

Background

26 October 2007 | Minutes

The role of low-income countries in IFI governance

Highlights of a 19 October discussion on the role of low-income countries in IMF governance at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings 2007.

Land

News

4 December 2007

Failing small farmers: The World Bank and agriculture

Stinging from a critique from its own evaluation unit on its work on agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa, the World Bank released its flagship annual report on agriculture in October to heavy criticism from civil society.

Finance

Analysis

8 October 2007 | At Issue

Programme conditions, project safeguards: Quo vadis World Bank?

This briefing clarifies the landscape of programme conditions and project safeguards and what it implies for a move towards responsible lending standards.

Accountability

News

5 October 2007

What steps will the World Bank take to combat corruption?

With the release of an action plan for tackling corruption and an independent review of the anti-corruption unit, the issue remains high on the World Bank's agenda.