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Conditionality

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Rebranding adjustment: the World Bank and “development policy support lending”

The World Bank has issued a discussion paper for consultation before revising its operational directive on adjustment lending. Concerns over changes to the ceiling on policy-based lending and a shift towards less mandatory directives, as well as the conultation process itself, have been raised by NGOs.

24 July 2002

Environment

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Bank not responsible for “evident harm”

A Papuan NGO, the Center for Environmental Law and Community Rights, attempted to halt the release of a $17 million World Bank loan, claiming that the PNG government had failed to stop illegal logging and road construction, and that the Bank had failed to supervise compliance with the conditionalities.

24 July 2002

IFI governance

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IMF chides former WB Chief Economist

At the launch of the new book of former WB Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz, Globalization and Its Discontents, IMF Director of Research, Ken Rogoff lashes out.

24 July 2002

Rights

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Bank declaration of human rights

The World Bank president has asked his staff to prepare a human rights strategy, ending a long-standing aversion to engaging in the debate. But how far can the Bank go when its board and legal staff are urging extreme caution?

24 July 2002