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Sustainable Financial Relations Project

Berne Declaration (Erklarung von Bern)

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Transforming Development Finance
  • Grant Amount $200,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2002–December 31, 2003
  • Location Zurich, Switzerland
  • Geographic Focus World

About this grant

Since 1992 when Switzerland became a member of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), Berne Declaration has been an influential voice in multilateral development bank (MDB) reform efforts. Although its initial focus was on reforming the World Bank, Berne Declaration has expanded its focus to include analysis of private-sector roles in financing international development through the IMF and the international export credit community.Multiyear funding will support objectives that include continued reform of the World Bank; reform of the IMF, official export credit agencies and private-sector funding mechanisms; policy reforms on dam projects with negative environmental and social impacts; and improved international financial relations.Recent activities included encouraging specific reform measures at several financial institutions, such as the creation of the World Bank Inspection Panel and the adoption of an environmental mandate for export credit agencies; helping to prevent destructive dam projects; working with the World Bank to apply World Commission on Dams recommendations to large projects; and launching the Public Eye on Davos project.