The World Bank
A proposal to replace the Bank with a substantially shrunk global institution that makes long-term, low interest loans but is more democratic and transparent, among other changes.
This is a critical moment for reflection on World Bank advocacy work since James Wolfensohn, the Bank’s most dominant and imposing president since Robert McNamara, is stepping down in June 2005 after 10 years in the job. There will be a major debate in the financial and general press on what role the World Bank should play under a new president. Organizations and individuals in our movements need to be at the center of this debate with bold new proposals, and we need to be ready to respond to what is likely to be a new agenda of a President Bush appointee…It is time to focus on the bridge between our decades-long criticism of the current global institutions (which has time and again proven correct) and our more recent, vibrant work on global alternatives.
An incisive critique of and proposal for the Asian Development Bank.
Guttal Shalmali, February 2005
This synthesis report presents the various papers written by participants in the International Regulations Workshop and attempts to draw out the key points and recommendations of each paper and the agreements and disagreements that emerged in the exchange.
Walden Bello, December 2005
A proposal for a radically disempowered IMF, turned into just another actor co-existing with and being checked by other international organizations, agreements and regional groupings. De los Reyes and Bello argue for international regional institutions to supplant the IMF as a regulator of global finance.
Walden Bello, August 2005
A proposal on regulating corporate behavior through public institutions at the international level.
Sarah Anderson, March 2005
A text on the Currency Transaction Tax (CTT), the problems raised as regards its feasibility and possible solutions.
David Hillman, January 2005
An assessment of the role and impact of the WTO and its failure to address the needs of developing countries.
Aileen Kwa, June 2005
A proposal for a new international financial architecture with an International Board of Arbitration for Sovereign Debt.
Oscar Ugarteche, March 2005