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Bretton Woods Update No.30 September/October 2002

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Cornering the Market: The World Bank and trade capacity building

Briefing|16 September 2002

The Bank’s role in trade capacity building affords enormous influence over the hearts and minds of trade policy makers and the way in which trade is mainstreamed into national development plans. The initial experience of the Integrated Framework programme shows that there is reason for concern. (September 2002) read article...

World Bank pushed to open up Bolivia water arbitration

News|17 September 2002

The International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, an independent part of the World Bank Group, is set to begin hearings on a Bank-backed water privatisation deal in which Bechtel took over the public water company in Bolivia’s third largest city, Cochabamba. read article...

Turkish oil project raises human rights, governance concerns

News|17 September 2002

An agreement between oil multinationals and the government of Turkey for an IFC-backed pipeline exempts the companies from obligations under Turkish law that may threaten the project’s profits, including environmental, social and human rights legislation. read article...

New report queries World Bank influence over PRSP analysis

News|17 September 2002

The World Bank plays a powerful role in determining the policies chosen by PRSP countries. A new report provides a critical assessment of the current moves to introduce Poverty and Social Impact Analysis (PSIA), and recommends taking further action to break the Bank’s near monopoly on development analysis and control of policy formulation process. read article...

UN report urges greater IMF and WB accountability

News|17 September 2002

The United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report 2002 has called for more democracy and accountability of international financial institutions. read article...

The IMF in Latin America: tough cop, social worker or skunk?

News|17 September 2002

Three recent papers which attempt to analyse the IMF’s role in the Argentinean crisis are examined: ex-IMF senior economist Michael Mussa, the Center for Global Development’s Nancy Birdsall and Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. read article...

World Bank questions ethics of World Summit report response

News|17 September 2002

At the launch of its World Development Report 2003, the Bank was angered by the distribution of a joint Heinrich Boell-Bretton Woods Project briefing which assembled critiques of the WDR by academics and activists. read article...

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