2003 Spring Meetings Dialogues

The World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund
2003 Spring Meetings
Discussions with Civil Society Organizations
Wednesday, April 9 - Friday, April 11 and Monday, April 14, 2003
Discussion of the World Bank Harmonization Agenda and Safeguards Policy Review

Wednesday, April 9, 9:45-11:30 am

Venue: World Bank Headquarters, 1818 H Street, NW, Washington DC


A Discussion with Jim Adams, World Bank Vice President for Operations Policy and Country Services and other senior Bank staff. This meeting will include a briefing on the outcomes and next steps from the High-Level Forum on Harmonization which took place February 24-25 in Rome, Italy; as well as updates on the status of the Bank's ongoing review of its Operational Directive 8.60 on Adjustment Lending, and the ongoing efforts to improve the development effectiveness of the Bank's safeguards policies.

Discussion of the Current Status of the Low Income Countries Under Stress (LICUS) Initiative

Wednesday, April 9, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Venue: World Bank Headquarters, 1818 H Street, NW, Washington DC

The discussion will be led by Sarah Cliffe, World Bank Coordinator of the LICUS Initiative who will speak about where the Bank is on implementing the initiative, next steps planned and civil society engagement in the process. Box lunches will be provided. To learn more about the initiative, please visit: http://www1.worldbank.org/operations/licus/

Update on the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) Work Program

Wednesday, April 9, 4:00-5:30 pm

Venue: IMF Headquarters, 700 19th St, NW Washington DC

A discussion with the IMF's Independent Evaluation Office on its work program, evaluation of PRSPs and PRGF with IEO Director Montek Ahluwalia and Deputy Director David Goldsbrough.

Discussion of the Current Status of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative

Thursday, April 10, 9:00 - 11:30 am

Venue: World Bank "J" Building, 701 18th Street, NW, Washington DC

This meeting to discuss the status of the HIPC debt relief Initiative and will have two parts. First part will be a videoconference linking civil society representatives in several countries along with representatives located in Washington, DC. The second part of the meeting will allow time for face-to-face discussion with those CSO representatives who are present in Washington. The topics for discussion will include issues related to debt sustainability and financing of the HIPC Initiative, and follow up on the recent Operations Evaluation Department (OED) review of the Initiative.

Participants will include Gobind Nankani, World Bank Vice President for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management; Vikram Nehru, Manager of the HIPC Unit, World Bank; Sudhir Shetty, Sector Manager for Poverty Reduction, World Bank; Masood Ahmed, Deputy Director, Policy Development and Review Department; Martin Gilman, Assistant Director, Official Financing Operations Division, Policy Development and Review Department and Brian Ames, Advisor, Policy Development and Review Department, both from the IMF; and Victoria Elliott and Madhur Gautam from the OED. For more information about the HIPC Initiative visit: http://www.worldbank.org/hipc/  

Consultation with Research Team of the World Development Report 2004: Making Services Work for Poor People

Thursday, April 10, 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Venue: InterAction, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036

The World Development Report 2004 will investigate how countries can accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by making services work for poor people. Celebrating the successful innovations while taking a hard look at some of the failures, and learning from both, the Report will attempt to guide policymakers, donors, and citizens on improving the delivery of basic services. In this way we can also deepen our understanding of empowering and investing in poor people.  The meeting will be an opportunity to discuss the draft WDR and next steps. Participants from the World Bank will include Shanta Devarajan, Director of the WDR 2004. Please visit the website of WDR 2004 at: http://econ.worldbank.org/wdr/wdr2004/ for background materials. Minutes of the discussions are available at: http://econ.worldbank.org/wdr/wdr2004/topic/consultations/page/26271

IMF Discussion of Fiscal Transparency

Thursday, April 10, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Venue: IMF Headquarters, 700 19th St, NW Washington DC

Bill Allan, Section Chief, Fiscal Transparency Section, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF will give a brief overview of the fiscal transparency code and the progress being made with country assessments of transparency (ROSCs); Murray Petrie, consultant, Fiscal Affairs Department, will review the role played by private sector financial analysts and NGOs in using the fiscal transparency code and ROSCs; A representative from the International Budget Project (IBP) will outline work being done by the IBP and other NGOs to promote budget transparency and public participation. Presentations will be brief, with ample opportunity for questions and discussion.

Update on IMF Sovereign Debt Restructuring Mechanism (SDRM)

Monday, April 14, 10:00 - 11:30 am

Venue: IMF Headquarters, 700 19th St, NW Washington DC


Sean Hagan, Deputy General Counsel, Legal Department, and Matthew Fisher, Assistant Director, Policy Development and Review Department, IMF will provide an update on the Sovereign Debt Restructuring Mechanism (SDRM) proposals. Please see the latest Factsheet that links to all relevant documents: http://www.imf.org/external/np/exr/facts/sdrm.htm.





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