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Special high-level meeting of the Economic and Social Council with the Bretton Woods Institutions, the World Trade Organization and the UN Conference on Trade and Development.(Photo from flickr)

The IMF and Civil Society

A Portrait: Global Civil Society and the Bretton Woods Institutions

November 16, 2011

Professor Robert Kelly, currently on the faculty of the Department of Political Science and Diplomacy at South Korea’s Pusan National University, has conducted extensive research into the history of interaction between the BWI and non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

Focusing on the period between 2000 and 2009, Professor Kelly’s research examines how this relationship has grown and become formalized in recent years, thanks, in part, to the process of globalization that began in the 1990s. This resulted in a noticeable increase in the number of consultations both in Washington and in borrowing countries. Professor Kelly’s research specifically tracks NGO participation in Civil Society Dialogues at the IMF-World Bank Spring and Annual Meetings, starting from the Prague Meetings.

Read the executive summary of Professor Kelly’s research and his presentation offered to IMF staff in 2009.