IMF Civil Society Newsletter



The Civil Society Newsletter has been replaced by the IMF and Civil Society page, which was launched in December 2007, and will be regularly updated.

Below are archived materials of previous Newsletters. These contain short descriptions of developments relevant to civil society, and also provides references for further reading. They list research and discussion papers, conferences, and other relevant information. The newsletters were also published in French, Spanish, and Russian.


August 21, 2006

  • De Rato speaks on the IMF’s role in low-income countries
  • An interview with Abdoulaye Bio-TchanÚ on prospects for Africa and the Fund’s work in low-income countries
  • The use of resources freed up by MDRI relief

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May 17, 2006

  • IMF and Civil Society; Report from the International Monetary and Finance Committee
  • Civil society dialogues at the Spring Meetings
  • IMF and World Bank host three and a half days of meetings with labor unions
  • IMF participates in multi-agency meeting on social protection
  • Gearing up for Singapore--Information for CSOs attending the 2006 Annual Meetings

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February 24, 2006: An interview with Andy Berg on the macroeconomics of managing increased aid inflows; IMF delivers on 100 percent debt relief for 19 countries; An update on the IMF’s work on low-income countries; De Rato meets labor delegation in Davos; Labor union congress discusses new international confederation; Deputy Managing Director Carstens meets religious leaders in Latin America meeting; IEO evaluates the IMF’s role in aid to Sub-Saharan Africa; The evaluation of the evaluators; Letters from the field, Bulletin Board.
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November 1, 2005: An update on the IMF's work on low-income countries; Governors discuss global imbalances, debt relief, and low-income country issues; Civil society dialogues at the Annual Meetings; Legislators debate debt, trade and other issues; Managing Director de Rato meets with Jubilee Iraq; African labor leaders discuss Africa's development challenges; Letters from the field, Bulletin Board.
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August 26, 2005: IMF Executive Board discusses G-8 debt relief proposal; IMF joins the Niger relief effort; IMF continues to expand dialogue with legislators; Global Witness meets IMF African Department staff; The IMF at the UN Social Forum on Poverty and Economic Growth: Challenges to Human Rights; An update on the IMF’s PSIA activities; Letters from the Field; Bulletin Board.
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May 20, 2005: Report from the International Monetary and Financial Committee; The 2004 Spring Meetings: Civil society dialogues at the Spring Meetings: CSOs and Nigerian minister welcome IMF work on resource revenue transparency; Other CSO policy dialogues; Civil Society-IMF Dialogue: IMF and World Bank host technical meeting with labor union leaders on Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs); IMF and World Bank staff review PRS process in multistakeholder dialogue; Tracking Grenada's Recovery: Six Months After Hurricane Ivan; The IMF's Civic Program Advisory Committee awards annual grants to charities in developing countries; Letters from the field; Bulletin Board
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February 11, 2005: Responding to the tsunami; The IMF’s work in low-income countries; IMF continues dialogue on HIV/AIDS and macroeconomic policy; New IMF publication: The Macroeconomics of HIV/AIDS; New IMF publication: Postconflict Economics in Sub-Saharan Africa—Lessons from the Democratic Republic of the Congo; The IMF at the Fourth Bridge Initiative International Annual Meeting; IMF invites public comment on Draft Guide on Resource Revenue Transparency; Letters from the field; Bulletin Board.
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November 16, 2004: High-level meeting of the World Council of Churches, World Bank, and International Monetary Fund; Civil society dialogues at the Annual Meetings: Townhall meeting with CSOs, An update on the IMF’s role in low-income countries, Other CSO policy dialogues; IMF and World Bank meet with union leaders; Letters from the field; Bulletin Board.
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August 13, 2004: An interview with Peter Heller on financing for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment; IEO report: Poverty reduction strategy has fallen short of its potential; Vatican conference on poverty and globalization; IMF/World Bank dialogue with World Council of Churches moves ahead; Letters from the field; Bulletin Board
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May 17, 2004: An interview on the MDGs and poverty reduction with James Boughton and Mark Plant; Report from the International Monetary and Financial Committee; Civil society dialogues at the Spring Meetings: Mixed reactions for new debt sustainability framework, Reaching the MDGs—The Global Monitoring Report, The role of the IMF in low-income countries, Other events; Poverty and Social Impact Analysis at the Fund; Global Witness presents new report on revenue transparency to IMF Staff; Letters from the field; Bulletin Board
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February 12, 2004: Enhancing IMF Parliamentary Outreach; Continued dialogue with the World Council of Churches; The IMF at the European Social Forum; Oxfam UK Director meets IMF Managing Director; Poverty Reduction Conference in Cambodia; A meeting with CSO representatives on the IEO work program; Letters from the field; Bulletin Board
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November 4, 2003: An interview with Montek S. Ahluwalia; Report from the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC); Civil society dialogues in Dubai: The IMF in the Middle East and North Africa, The role of the IMF in low-income countries, Guide to IMF Staff Relations with CSOs – Public discussion begins; Letters from the field; Bulletin Board
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August 4, 2003: An interview with Masood Ahmed; Paper on Debt Sustainability; Managing Director K÷hler meets African leaders; AFRITAC moves West; New pamphlet explains IMF’s Technical Assistance work; Letters from the field; Bulletin Board.
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April 30, 2003: An interview with Professor Jan Aart Scholte; Report from the International Monetary and Finance Committee (IMFC); Civil society meetings with IMF Staff during the Spring Meetings; Paper on financial globalization; IMF staff meets World Council of Churches (WCC), Managing Director meets World Vision president; Lucerne CIS-7 meeting; Letters from the field; Bulletin Board.
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March 28, 2003Special Edition Fund seeks stronger civil society dialogue: Outside expert to facilitate guidance note for staff.
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January 23, 2003: Global governance, sovereign debt restructuring mark IMF-CSO agenda; Management of IMF and World Bank meet with global union leaders; IMF staff discuss global governance and SDRM with civil society in Montreal; The Fund states its views on how to govern the global economy; Transparency at the IMF and the rights of the public to seek information; IMF, World Bank evaluate experience with Poverty and Social Impact Analysis; Forum on CIS-7 poverty reduction initiative; IMF staff debate Millennium Development Goals and empowering the poor; Sachs, Birdsall and others debate IMF role in institution-building; IMF mission meets with CSOs in Georgia to solicit views on PRSP process; IMF staff update CSOs on the Fund’s work in Nicaragua; IMF mission in Pakistan hears opinions of local labor union leaders; IMF mission meets with CSO representatives in Bolivia; Bulletin Board.
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November 12, 2002: IMF, World Bank Annual Meetings focus on challenges for global economy; IMF, NGOs discuss resolution of debt crises; NGOs discuss Ecuador’s pipeline with IMF, World Bank; IMF issues new conditionality guidelines; CSOs discuss trade policies with IMF, World Bank; Independent Evaluation Office tackles prolonged use of Fund resources; IMF, World Bank discuss HIPC, PRSP progress reports with NGOs; K÷hler, Wolfensohn attend discussion with participants to Annual Meetings; IMF opens first African technical assistance center in Tanzania; IMF approves $23 million in emergency credit to Malawi; Stiglitz, Rogoff discuss globalization, IMF role; Bulletin Board
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June 30, 2002: The food crisis in Southern Africa; IMF establishes new technical assistance centers in Africa; The HIPC Initiative-Status of implementation; Africa needs better trade opportunities to fight poverty-K÷hler; Uganda: health spending, aid flows, and the IMF advice; Krueger outlines new details of the IMF’s SDRM proposal; IMF co-sponsors CIS-7 Initiative; Field reports: IMF staff interaction with civil society; Bulletin Board
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