Finance

Conditionality

News

Strikers in Colombia in protest at IMF and debt

In late August Colombian labour unions began an indefinite national strike in protest at the government’s political, social, and economic agenda and calling on the government to declare a moratorium on the payment of its internal and external debt.

15 September 1999

Accountability

News

Politics before good policies in Zimbabwe

The IMF has agreed to lend US$7.32 bn to the Zimbabwean government despite continued concerns about corruption in the land reform process; the cost of supporting Zimbabwean troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); a planned privatisation of the Hwange power plant; and the reintroduction of price controls.

15 September 1999

Finance

News

Africans to challenge Washington Consensus

African NGOs met in Nairobi in August to discuss and formulate an Africa Consensus on economic and social development to challenge the Washington Consensus.

15 September 1999

Conditionality

News

Initiative changes

The G7 have agreed changes to the Heavily Indebted Poor Country Debt Initiative which will impose more conditionality in return for earlier relief from interest payments.

15 June 1999

Finance

News

ESAF reforms to focus on poverty eradication

Clare Short, UK Secretary of State for International Development, has called in parliament for the reform of the IMF’s ESAF loans to make them pro-poor.

15 June 1999

Finance

News

G7 agree crisis mechanisms

G7 finance ministers have agreed a framework to include the private sector in future crisis bailouts.

15 June 1999

Accountability

News

Curbing corruption

IMF policies have exacerbated corruption according to a Christian Aid briefing on new approaches to debt relief.

15 June 1999

Finance

Analysis

Assessing Assessing Aid

A discussion and critique of the main points in a prominent World Bank report on aid policy and conditionality - “Assessing Aid, What Works, What Doesn’t and Why”. The Bank’s report is very frank about the many failures of aid financing, but its proposals of targeting finance to good performing countries are controversial (1999).

15 January 1999 | Briefings

Finance

News

Scaffolding for global architecture

In late October the G7 took limited steps to strengthen the international financial architecture, after the World Bank-IMF annual meetings ended with a plethora of proposals but no substantive agreement.

15 December 1998

Finance

News

ESAF-HIPC Link Attacked

Mr Jagdeo, Guayanese Finance Minister, has attacked the IMF for its lack of commitment to debt reduction and using the HIPC Initiative as a means of forcing countries to comply with ESAF programmes.

15 December 1998