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Spring Meetings 2005 Dialogues

2005 World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings
Washington, DC, USA
April 18-20, 2004
Dialogues for Civil Society Organizations

The Spring Meetings 2005 dialogues for interested representatives of civil society were organized on Friday, April 15, and Monday-Tuesday, April 18-19, and Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Information about formal Accreditation for CSOs participating in the Spring Meetings.

 April 15

April 18

 April 19

  April 20

Final List of Events

 April 15, Friday

World Bank
Main Complex
Building, 1818 H St.

What Policy Indicators to Inform the Debt Sustainability Analysis?
A panel discussion organized by CIDSE, Eurodad, Afrodad, and the Andean, Amazonian and Central American Strategic Network. Facilitator: Charles Mutasa, Research and Policy Analyst, AFRODAD. Speakers: (a) The role of the CPIA in the new debt sustainability framework: issues and concerns - Jean Merckaert (CCFD) and Aldo Caliari (COC); (b) Why the CPIA? - Brian Ngo, Lead Economist, World Bank Europe; (c) Governments views on CPIA - African government representative (TBC); (d) Problems associated with CPIA - Nancy Alexander (New Rules for Global Finance Coalition).  Summary of the discussion.  Details

World Bank
J Building
701 18th St.
room JB1-080

International Parliamentary Petition
A group of parliamentarians presented a petition to World Bank and IMF representatives.  The petition expresses the group's concerns related to the involvement of national parliaments in the development and review of IFI activities.  Following the presentation of the petition, there was a discussion on Bank/Fund relations with parliamentarians.

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2:00-4:00 pm
Monetary Fund,
IMF auditorium

Transparency in Extractive Industries: The Role of the IMF
The panelists reviewed the Guide on Resource Revenue Transparency, aimed at helping countries address the numerous challenges associated with prudent fiscal management of revenues from extractive industries such as oil, natural gas, and mining. The Guide builds on the IMF’s core mandate of promoting sound macroeconomic management. It is also highly complementary to efforts through the UK-sponsored Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) by a coalition of governments, civil society, resource companies, and international agency to promote transparency of payments by extractive industry companies and receipts by governments. The IMF presented an outline of the Guide and the relationship between the IMF work and the EITI. The panel discussed the importance of fiscal transparency and these initiatives from country, CSOs, and international community perspectives. The panel responded to questions in an open discussion following presentations. PanelistsH.E. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance, Nigeria (confirmed); Gavin Hayman, Global Witness, Arvind Ganesan, Human Rights Watch, Charles McPherson, World Bank, Peter Heller, Deputy Director, FAD (Moderator).

3:30 - 5:00 pm

Meeting of MIGA's Executive Vice-President
Ms. Yukiko Omura, and other senior MIGA staff met with CSOs. 


 April 18, Monday
10:00am - 12:00pm
Grand Ballroom
The Morris &
Gwendolyn Cafritz
Conference Center,
George Washington
800 21st Street,
NW, Washington, DC.

HIV/AIDS:  Money, Bottlenecks and the Future
The international community has woken up to the devastation of HIV/AIDS and together the Global Fund, the World Bank, the US PEPFAR and numerous other bilateral donors and charitable foundations have raised significant resources to fight the disease and its destruction. The sheer size of newly available funding is dwarfing other investments and challenging macroeconomic and fiscal management in hard hit countries. A Center for Global Development sponsored panel discussion among African Ministers of Finance, the policy and advocacy community, and senior IMF and World Bank officials explored these issues. The relevance and role of IMF program conditionality, the impact of Ministry of Finance, World Bank and IMF policies, and the options for addressing the constraints were discussed. Panelists: David Andrews, Assistant Director, Africa Department, IMF; Holly Burkhalter, US Policy Director, Physicians for Human Rights; Peter Heller, Deputy Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF; H.E. Donald Kaberuka, Minister of Finance, Rwanda; Maureen Lewis, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development; H.E. Ezra Suruma (TBC); Minister of Finance, Uganda; Moderator: Nancy Birdsall, President, Center for Global Development.

World Bank InfoShop
701 18th Street, NW

"Growth Experience: Lessons from the 1990s" - Book Trilogy Launch at the InfoShop
PREM and InfoShop book launch. Each part of the trilogy shares the common theme of "learning from the 1990s", but each presents a different perspective.

Open to all.


 April 19, Tuesday
9:30-11:00 am        
Monetary Fund, IMF
room 2-530

Discussion on Macroeconomics of HIV/AIDS
Presentation by Markus Haacker, IMF Economist, African Department (and editor of the publication) and Shanta Devarajan, Chief Economist, South Asia Region of the World Bank.  The discussion focused on the recently edited book: "The Macroeconomics of HIV/AIDS" which serves as a starting point for dialogue between the Fund, the Bank and CSOs on some of the complex factors underlying approaches to HIV/AIDS. Summary of the discussion.

11:30am-1:00 pm
Monetary Fund, IMF
room 2-530

Consultation Meeting on World Bank's World Development Report 2006
Short presentation by World Bank senior economists and co-authors of the Report: Francisco Ferreira and Giovanna Prennushi, commentary from a CSO representative and open discussion on the key issues raised in the most recent draft of the World Bank World Development Report 2006. Summary of the discussion.

2:00-4:00 pm
Monetary Fund, IMF
room 2-530

Dialogue on Health Financing
A session allowed for a mutual understanding of perspective agency positions on health user fees and social health insurance, and an understanding of where there are opportunities to work together to improve health financing.  Discussion included issues such as user fees and social insurance for health care and understanding more about the Bank's position, and its application in practice. Session included presentation by Save the Children UK on their research, as well as on Bank's work. Summary of the discussion.


 April 20, Wednesday

Monetary Fund, IMF
room 2-530

The IMF's Role in Low-Income Countries
IMF staff presented the latest report and considerations on its role in poor countries, followed by a Q&A.

Monetary Fund, IMF
room 2-530

IMF Conditionality
The IMF completed a review of its conditionality, including both a review of program design (objectives, outcomes, analytical framework, and policies) and a review of how new conditionality guidelines, adopted in 2002, have affected conditions set in IMF financial arrangements. Staff presented the results of the review and discussed its implications with CSOs.


Final: April 22, 2005

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