Tuesday, November 11, 2008

New website: IFIWatchnet

... Well, perhaps not exactly new, but the website IFIWatchnet is certainly of great interest from a GAL perspective; never more so than now, of course, when the financial crisis seems to have generated significant momentum for major change within the major international financial institutions. Here's what they have to say about themselves:

IFIwatchnet is a groundbreaking initiative in international NGO networking, currently in its sixth year of operation. It connects organisations worldwide which are monitoring international financial institutions (IFIs) such as the World Bank, the IMF, and regional development banks. Formed in response to a call by civil society groups to maximise the effectiveness of their communications and networking efforts, it is rapidly developing into a key tool for ever increasing degrees of collaboration between IFIwatching groups at national, regional and international levels. With nearly 60 organisations from 35 different countries in every region of the world, it has huge potential to increase the ability of civil society to make global governance institutions accountable to the people they serve.

Once again, this website demonstrates the extent to which the application of an administrative law sensibility to the institutions of global governance is rapidly coming to form part of the "common sense" of global civil society. I'll be blogging on these - potentially hugely significant - developments from a GAL perspective later in the week; in the meantime, have a poke around the IFIwatchnet site - there's a lot of great stuff on there...

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