Accountability

Analysis

World Bank support for extractives: complicity in human rights violations

Refers to the Bank's failure to adequately and explicitly address human rights in its policies, as well as the causality between Bank supported extractive projects and the exacerbation of conflict. Looks at case studies from Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala and Chad and Camerooon.

12 September 2005

IFI governance

Commentary

How much trust should we put in the funds?

In 2004, the World Bank was responsible for the disbursement of over $3 billion through the 903 trust funds that it manages. The amount of funds being channelled through trust funds looks set to take off as increased international aid commitments chase limited spending channels. Recipients of these funds may see them as manna from heaven - but if trust fund support is not additional to other aid commitments, is this an optimum use of resources or just a cacophony of voices all trying to pull t

16 September 2005 | At Issue

IFI governance

Background

Giant taming: 10 years of the Bretton Woods Project

Director, European Network on Debt and Development; Coordinator, Bretton Woods Project, 1995-2004

12 September 2005 | About us

IFI governance

Background

Decision-making at the IMF

A description of the IMF's governance structure and process, including the executive board, board of governors and the International Monetary and Financial committee.

12 September 2005 | Inside the institutions

Social services

News

Controversy surrounds Bank role in India water privatisation

Accusations emerged in late July that the World Bank had pressured the Indian government to select Price Waterhouse Coopers for advisory work undertaken as part of the Delhi Water Sector Project.

12 September 2005

Rights

Background

Indigenous policy undermines rights

Summary of the recent paper by UK-based NGO Forest Peoples Programme regarding Indigenous peoples and the World Bank: experiences with participation

12 September 2005 | Resource

IFI governance

News

World Bank - IMF annual meetings 2005

Members of the staff of the Bank and Fund, board members, development and finance ministers are gathered in Washington 23 - 25 September.

12 September 2005

Accountability

Background

Dam review 5 years on: lessons not learned

Brief update of some of the key concerns and projects in relation to Bank-funded hydropower five years on from the WCD and the Bank's failure to adopt many of the WCD recommendations

12 September 2005 | Resource

Knowledge

News

UK cuts through World Bank spin on conditionality

The business-as-usual findings emerging from a Bank review of conditionality released late July have been challenged by the British government and are contradicted by the findings of a study by Irish NGO Debt and Development Coalition.

12 September 2005

IFI governance

News

UK reports on its activities at the World Bank and IMF

The UK's Department for International Development published its first annual report of the UK's involvement with the World Bank in March. Treasury published its annual report on UK activities at the IMF in late July.

12 September 2005

Trade

News

Fund economists whistle different trade tune

In two recent papers, Fund economists have questioned the institution's strict adherence to the free trade doctrine.

12 September 2005

Social services

News

IMF accused of exacerbating famine in Niger

The IMF's external relations department has spent the last two months furiously rebuffing charges that the Fund has exacerbated famine in Niger. The debate centres around the impact of structural adjustment measures and accusations that donors initially refused to allow the government to distribute free food to affected areas.

12 September 2005

Accountability

Background

Pick and choose:Bank on extractive recommendations

Summary and highlights of IFC's response to civil society regarding the implementation of the World Bank Group's own recommendations of the Extractive Industry Review (EIR)

12 September 2005 | Resource

Social services

News

IMF conditions blocks achievement of goals in education, health

Two papers by ActionAid International, released at the UN Millennium Review Summit in New York in September, point the finger at the IMF for blocking achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

12 September 2005

Environment

News

Climate change and the World Bank: dubious green credentials

Critique of the new role assigned to the World Bank by the G8 in tackling climate change by creating a framework for clean energy and development. Summary of recent documents examining the Bank's perpetuation of fossil-fuelled economic expansion and false claims made in relation to the Clean Development Mechanism

12 September 2005