In February, about 300 activists from the Student Federation of Thailand, the Forum of the Poor and labour groups burnt effigies of IMF managing-director Michel Camdessus and some Thai politicians in a protest in Bangkok where officials were attending the UNCTAD-X meeting.
NGO activists in Jakarta wrote an open letter to World Bank President James Wolfensohn in February, asking him to meet directly with the people to hear their own solutions to reverse Indonesia’s economic decline based on small-scale, local initiatives.
Washington DC-based NGO Bank Information Centre (BIC) has produced toolkits to help citizens more effectively engage with and influence the World Bank.
Friends of the Earth International, one of the main organisers of the NGO events surrounding the Annual meeting of the World Bank and IMF, this September in Prague, is organising a two day video festival, where documentaries related to IMF/World Bank activities will be shown for a wide audience, connected with debates and presentations.
The oil companies involved in the Chad- Cameroon oilfield and pipeline project have pulled out of the planned deal.
The World Bank is revising its Operational Directive for Structural Adjustment Lending.
In late November more than 300 people from mass and tribal organisations from the Indian state of Madya Pradesh, blockaded the World Bank office in Delhi.
It looks likely that the World Bank Group will seek a rare capital increase for its International Bank for Reconstruction and Development arm.
The World Bank should compensate communities affected by the Pak Mun Dam in Thailand, argues a new report by International Rivers Network.
The Economist (11th December 1999) carried a lengthy article on NGO campaigning on international institutions.