113 civil society organisations and individuals wrote to World Bank president Jim Yong Kim in October 2013 urging him to increase funding for B-SPAN, the Bank’s now dormant internet based broadcasting service launched in 2000 (see Update 21). B-SPAN currently covers a limited number of events including talks, the latest from 2011. The letter, following on from a 2011 letter (see Update 77), urges Kim “to use your authority to expand funding for B-SPAN, so that it can fulfil its original mandate.” It calls for the expansion of B-SPAN coverage so that knowledge generated by the Bank “can get to external development stakeholders to help them in the application of their own global poverty reduction efforts.”
The Bretton Woods Project has published a new briefing providing a critical analysis of the IMF's latest work on gender equality. The briefing questions the sustainability of the Fund's new approach to gender equality and reveals that the Fund's analysis so far is limited and inconsistent with the full achievement of women's economic empowerment.
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