IFI governance

News

La respuesta no está solamente en el crecimiento: Evaluación llama la atención

En diciembre del 2006, el organismo de evaluación del Banco Mundial publicó un informe mostrando que las estrategias de crecimiento no habían hecho lo suficiente para ayudar a las personas viviendo en la pobreza, y que el Banco había fallado al no evaluar bien los impactos de distribución de sus recomendaciones políticas.

19 February 2007

Conditionality

News

Reading from the script

The decisions by Ghana and Tanzania to use the Policy Support Instrument (PSI) reflect the IMF’s success in convincing countries to accept conditionality without any financing, despite the evidence from Uganda and elsewhere that PSI conditions are numerous and will be enforced.

31 January 2007

IFI governance

Background

The IMF programme cycle

The IMF has regular, systematic engagement with government representatives at many levels. Implementation of the IMF’s programme cycle varies from one country to the next, depending on the situation and need of the country in question. The nature of the programme cycle is highlighted by looking at the cases of Uruguay and Mozambique.

31 January 2007 | Inside the institutions

Environment

News

Mortgaging Iraq’s oil wealth

As a "key ingredient" of IMF lending and debt relief, Iraq's government has just presented a new draft petroleum law to its cabinet that could permit up to two-thirds of Iraq's known reserves to be exploited by multinational oil companies under contracts lasting for 20 years.

31 January 2007

Finance

News

IMF crisis prevention: running on the spot

Nearly ten years on from the Asian financial crisis and the IMF has yet to find a workable solution to the need for a precautionary financing arrangement that helps middle-income countries prevent financial crisis. The IMF’s inability to articulate a plan to mitigate global economic risks will force countries to continue searching for ways to self-insure.

31 January 2007

Trade

News

Developing countries say World Bank trade research “misleading”

The World Bank has drawn criticism from developing countries, trade economists and NGOs over a paper on the poverty impacts of the use of 'special products' measures.

31 January 2007

IFI governance

News

Recommended resources 2006

Books, papers and electronic resources of note in 2006 which discuss the World Bank and IMF.

31 January 2007

Gender

Commentary

Huge gaps in the World Bank's Gender Action Plan

The World Bank's new Gender Action Plan (GAP), aptly named Gender equality as smart economics, is tightly framed in the Bank's economic policy framework.

31 January 2007 | Comment

Land

Commentary

World Bank reconstruction role in Timor-Leste creating problems

Guteriano Nicolau S. Neves of the La'o Hamutuk Institute in Dili argues for a critical appraisal of the World Bank's role in the reconstruction of Timor Leste.

31 January 2007 | Comment

IFI governance

News

Growth alone is not the answer: evaluation chides World Bank

In early December the World Bank’s evaluation body released a report which found that the Bank’s growth strategies have not done enough to help the poor, and that the Bank has failed to sufficiently assess the distributional impacts of its policy recommendations.

31 January 2007

Environment

News

Congo: mining, conflict and complicity

A confidential World Bank memo dated September 2005 finds that three of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s biggest mining contracts were approved with “a complete lack of transparency”.

31 January 2007