MIT Press has just published a fascinating analysis of efforts to change the World Bank.
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair made a speech at the New York Stock Exchange arguing that the World Bank and IMF have fundamental weaknesses and need to be reformed.
Many NGOs have fed in comments to the IMF about its staff report Distilling the Lessons of the ESAF Reviews.
The Bank has agreed to publish Country Assistance Strategies (CAS) - the documents which set out the Bank’s multi-year lending plans - once they have been discussed by the Board and if the borrower government requests it.
The U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO), the audit and investigative agency of the U.
A refreshing new World Bank discussion paper frankly recognises that aid agencies are not cooperating effectively, and that mechanisms such as Consultative Groups and the Bank’s internal culture need to change.
The World Bank’s Inspection Panel has received a complaint from residents of Alexandra township, Johannesburg, about “Phase 1B” of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), which involves diverting water from the mountains of Lesotho to South Africa’s industrial heartland.
In April the Bank’s Board discussed a progress report on the Strategic Compact: Wolfensohn’s reform package agreed one year ago.
In March the Bank Board discussed the Bank’s approach to NGOs.
The IMF is holding a meeting in late May in Ghana to explain its strategy to NGOs there.