While the G20 postponed decisions on issuing new special drawing rights (SDRs), the IMF-managed international reserve asset, the IMF completed its surveillance review and a new Fund report tackled the thorny issue of global imbalances.
The World Bank's flagship annual publication pushes gender equality up to the Bank's agenda, but critics express concern about its implementation and unwillingness to consider gender as a women's rights issue.
A new Basic Capabilities Index (BCI), published by civil society network Social Watch, is “closer to reality than the one-dollar-a-day line of the World Bank”, according to Social Watch director Roberto Bissio.
The World Development Report 2011: Conflict, Security and Development is shifting the language of international policy on supporting peace and development in fragile and conflict-affected countries. Monica Stephen of International Alert examines how the World Bank's operations need to adjust to support peace and development.
Civil society organisations met UK Executive Director to the World Bank and staff from the Department for International Development to discuss water, the Bank's private sector approach, health and nutrition, safeguards review and energy strategy.
In August the UK released its priorities for reform of the World Bank.
The World Bank's reclassification of Zambia from low-income country to lower middle-income country has been hailed as an economic achievement by Zambia's president Rupiah Banda, but is less celebrated in other quarters.
A June public statement by more than 70 NGOs, social movements and universities from across India opposes the Indian government's decision to commission the Bank to review anti-poverty schemes in the country, including the Public Distribution System (PDS), a subsidised national food security scheme.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank's private sector arm, has come under fire for approving a $26 million loan to Saudi Arabian prince Al-Waleed bin Talal to build a luxury hotel in Ghana.