Rights

Analysis

World Bank social and environmental policies: abandoning responsibility?

The World Bank is planning a controversial major overhaul of its ten social and environmental policies.

12 September 2003 | Briefings

Accountability

Background

The World Bank and conflict

Given the recent discussion on the potential roles for multilateral agencies in Iraq, how does the World Bank operate in post-conflict situations?

12 September 2003 | Inside the institutions

Environment

News

Controversial extractives review nears endgame

Emil Salim, the 'Eminent Person' in charge of the Bank's Extractive Industry Review (EIR), has…

11 September 2003

Rights

News

IFC decision pending on controversial Haiti free trade zone

The Board of the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank’s private-sector arm, is in the final stages of approval for a loan for development of the first of a series of proposed free trade zones along the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

11 September 2003

Conditionality

Commentary

The myths and dangers of PRSPs

The myths of Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers - that they are nationally owned, pro-poor, and poverty-reducing - should be debunked.

8 September 2003 | Guest comment

Conditionality

News

IMF’s response to crisis “inadequate”

A new report by the IMF Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) highlights mistakes in the handling of three major financial crises in the late 1990s (Indonesia, Korea and Brazil).

12 September 2003

Gender

News

Gender at the World Bank: an uphill battle

Assessment of progress in the implementation of the World Bank's gender strategy.

12 September 2003

Rights

News

Activist manifesto on global institutions

A new book challenges global institutions and anti-globalisation activists with proposals for stronger but radically…

10 September 2003

Infrastructure

News

Bank review criticises power sector performance

A critical review of the Bank's energy programmes yields interesting insights but the proposed follow-up appears to be business-as-usual.

8 September 2003

Environment

News

World Bank announces renewed big infrastructure push

The World Bank President has pledged that the Bank will revive its support for megaprojects and a new report expresses serious concerns about the Bank's track record in this area.

8 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

‘Real World Economic Outlook’ challenges IMF economics

A counter-report to the IMF's bi-annual World Economic Outlook has been prepared by a UK thinktank.

4 September 2003

IFI governance

News

Meeting with NGOs over DFID strategy on World Bank

Notes from a 5 August 2003 meeting between DFID and numerous UK NGOs over plans to draft a new institutional strategy for working with the World Bank.

28 August 2003

Accountability

News

Interim report on the evaluation of the Integrated Framework

Interim report of evaluator Capra International to the heads of agencies of the Integrated Framework for trade-related technical assistance 10 July 2003 in Washington.

6 August 2003