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This web log is a news and views blog. The primary aim is to provide an avenue for the expression and collection of ideas on sustainable, fair, and just, grassroot level development. Some of the topics that the blog will specifically address are: poverty reduction, rural development, educational issues, social empowerment, post-Tsunami relief and reconstruction, livelihood development, environmental conservation and bio-diversity. 

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

International Parliamentarians' Petition for Democratic Oversight of the IMF and the World Bank

IPPINFO.ORG: Home: "As the IMF and World Bank celebrate their 60th anniversary, millions of people around the world are asking 'what is there to celebrate?' Years of ill-advised economic policies have delayed debt relief, increased poverty, and undermined democracy, prompting demonstrations not celebrations. In particular, despite promises that developing countries should 'own' IMF and World Bank policies, parliaments continue to be sidelined or undermined by these institutions.

So rather than send them a birthday card, parliamentarians and campaigners have started an International Parliamentarians' Petition (IPP) signed by legislators from both developed and developing countries, and backed by civil society groups worldwide. The IPP is a practical way to assert support for the principle of parliamentary sovereignty, and to call for parliaments to be fully involved in the development and scrutiny of IMF and World Bank policies"

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