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The Inter-American Development Bank excludes civil society just as it revises its work with the private sector

Maria Romero

27 Mar 2014 15:30:52

By Patricia Miranda, Latindadd and María José Romero, EurodadJust when we thought development banks were becoming more accountable, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) not only slams its door on civil society participation, but does so at a crucial moment for its institutional reform process.The 2014 Annual Meeting of the IDB’s board of governors held this weekend (27-30 March) in Bahia, Brazil, excludes civil society organisations for the first time since 2006. This is a massive step backwards from a former inclusive approach, especially when the IDB is in the middle of an internal process that will lead to substantial changes in how it works with the private sector. Since the preferred option on the table seems to be to go in the direction of the World Bank Group’s ...