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Spring Meetings 2004 Dialogues

2004 World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings
Washington, DC, USA
April 21-23, 2004
Dialogues for Civil Society Organizations

Tuesday 20

 Wednesday 21

 Thursday 22      

 Friday 23        


 April 20, Tuesday
2:00 - 4:00pm         
Institute for Policy
733 15th St. NW
suite 1020
"Rethinking Participation" - Discussion of PRSP Process
Panel discussion organized by ActionAid on Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) coincidided with release of ActionAid US paper: "Rethinking Participation. The Limitations & Constraints of the PRSP Process and How to Move Forward" Jane Ocaya Irama, Policy Coordinator from ActionAid Uganda and Rick Rowden, Policy Analyst from ActionAid USA presented findings of recent research and questions raised in the paper.  Linda Van Gelder, PRSP Task Team Leader and Reiner Forster, Social Development Specialist in the Social Development Department at the World Bank responded to issues raised. It was an open discussion. For more information, please call Denise Hughes at: 888-END-POVERTY, or (202) 321-8923.


 April 21, Wednesday

9:00am - 10:15am 
Room 2-530
at the IMF
(enter through IMF
main entrance
700 19th St.)

Spring Meetings Overview Briefing
Amar Bhattacharya, from the Office of the VP for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management at the World Bank and Michael Bell, Chief, Policy Communication Division, External Relations Department at the IMF discussed the Spring Meeting agendas of the Development Committee and the International Monetary and Financial Committee and answered questions.

10:30am - 12:00pm 
Room 2-530
at the IMF
(enter through IMF
main entrance
700 19th St.)

The Role of the IMF in Low-Income Countries
Discussion on the role of the IMF in Low-Income countries with Mark Plant, Assistant Director at the IMF Policy Development and Review Department and Sanjeev Gupta, Assistant Director, Fiscal Affairs Department. The new paper: "
The Fund’s Support of Low-Income Member Countries?Considerations on Instruments and Financing", outlines details of the IMF's approach.
12:30 - 2:00pm
J building
room J B1-075
World Bank-Civil Society Lunch Discussion on "Can the Globalization Divide be Bridged?"
The event was co-sponsored by the Civil Society Team and the Development Dialogue on Values and Ethics Unit at the World Bank. The discussion on globalization was lead by a panel composed of Patrice Barrat and Evelyn Messinger, co-founders of the Bridge Initiative, Atila Roque, Brazilian civil society leader and head of Action Aid/US, and Katherine Marshall, Head of the Bank's Development Dialogue Unit.

2:30 - 4:00pm
J building
room J B1-075

Conditionality, Privatization and Poverty
Panel discussion organized by ActionAid UK coincided with launch of the group's report: "Money Talks: How Aid Conditions Continue to Drive Utility Privatization in Poor Countries".  Panelists were: Patrick Watt, ActionAid UK, Stefan Koeberle, Operations Policy and Country Services (OPCS), World Bank, and Nancy Alexander, Citizen's Network for Essential Services. Summary of the discussion.

5:00 - 7:00 pm
1313 New York Ave.
Presbyterian Church

Public World Bank/IMF Debate with 50 Years Is Enough
Open Participation.  For more information on this event, please contact the organizers - 50 Years is Enough - Ph: 202-IMF-BANK (202-463-2265), Email: 


 April 22, Thursday
9:30am - 11:30pm  
IFC building
room F 11P-142
2121 Pennsylvania
Ave. NW
Meeting on IFC Safeguard Policy Review
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) was at that time updating its environmental and social safeguards and corporate disclosure policy. Peter Woicke, IFC Executive Vice President, Rachel Kyte, Director of IFC Environment and Social Department and other senior staff held a general discussion on the IFC safeguard and information disclosure policies. More information on the Safeguard Policy Update and the Disclosure Policy Review can be found at A Review of IFC’s Safeguard Policies, was released in April 2003 and can be found at the CAO’s web site.
10:00am - 12:00pm
Jurys Washington
Hotel, 1500 New
Hampshire Ave. NW

Delivering on Debt Relief: Finishing the Job HIPC Started
The Roundtable, organized by the Center for Global Development, focused on the achievements and the shortfalls of debt relief, proposals for deepening debt relief, and recent innovations for financing future development.

4:00 - 6:00pm
J building
room J B1-075

A discussion on the New IMF/World Bank debt sustainability framework for Low-Income Countries
Gobind Nankani, World Bank Vice President and Head of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network, jointly with Timothy Lane, Assistant Director of the IMF's Policy Development and Review Department and CSOs discussed a new framework on debt sustainability, as outlined in the paper: "Debt Sustainability in Low-Income Countries—Proposal for an Operational Framework and Policy Implications", and shared their views on related issues and challenges. To learn more about the Bank's work in the area of debt relief and debt sustainability, please go to: of the discussion.

 April 23, Friday
9:00 - 11:00 am
National Press Club
First Amendment
529 14th St. NW
Washington, DC
Trade Policies and Development: What Role for the Bretton Woods Institutions?
Representatives of the World Bank and IMF trade teams debated the institution's trade agendas with several CSO representatives.  The session was organized by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Center of Concern. Panelists were: Hans Peter Lankes Chief, Trade Policy Division (International Monetary Fund), Martin Khor Director (Third World Network), Richard Newfarmer Adviser, International Trade & Prospects Group, (World Bank), Sarah Anderson Fellow, Global Economy Program (Institute for Policy Studies).  John Sewell, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars moderated the discussion. It was an open event.  For any questions, contact Aldo Caliari at (202) 635-2757, x 123 or Liane Schalatek at (202) 462-7514
9:00 - 10:30 am
I building
room I 1-200

Discussion on the World Bank Adjustment Lending Policy
The WB has at that time consulting on the draft update of Operational Directive (OD) 8.60, Adjustment Lending Policy and the accompanying Good Practive Notes. During the session, Anis Dani, Lead Social Scientist in the Social Development Department, and Kirk Hamilton, Lead Environmental Economist at the World Bank discussed the consultation process and the proposed changes to the policy.  All information on the consultation process to date, as well as the documents available for comment, can be found here.

12:00 - 2:00 pm
I building
room I 1-200
Reaching the MDGs; Where Are We and What Needs to Be Done?
World Bank, IMF and CSO representatives discussed findings of the "Global Monitoring Report 2004. Policies and Actions for Achieving the MDGs", that was discussed by the Development Committee during the Spring Meetings. Participants from the World Bank were: Mohammad Zia Queresi, Senior Advisor, Global Monitoring Secretariat, Ellen Goldstein, Manager of the Results Secretariat, and Susan McAdams, Advisor, Office of the VP, Concessional Finance & Global Partnerships. Participants from the IMF were: Jim Boughton, Assistant Director, Policy Development and Review and Thomas Dorsey, Deputy Division Chief, Policy Development and Review Department.  This discussion also included the Bank's work on monitoring and evaluation, and specifically on the new "
Managing for Development Results" mandate coming out of IDA 13 and a report-back on the February Roundtable in Marrakech
4:00 - 6:00 pm
IMF Auditorium

Voice and Vote of Developing Countries on the Boards of the IMF and World Bank
Panel discussion on IMF and World Bank governance organized by New Rules for Global Finance Coalition, Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (EED), World Council of Churches and InterAction. Panelists included: Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Ariel Buira, Director of G 24 at the IMF, and Bishop Aldo Etchegoyen, Bishop of the Evangelical Methodist Church in Argentina. 

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