The UN issued a “new standard of whistleblower protection” in late December as part of an anti-retaliation policy, according to US NGO Government Accountability Project (GAP). GAP’s Melanie Beth Oliviero says the new policy “signals the direction for reform of all specialised agencies of the UN, specifically the World Bank”. The UN policy satisfies 15 out of 20 criteria in GAP’s compilation of best practices for whistleblower protection; the World Bank’s policy only passes 12 of the 20 tests.
The IMF and the World Bank are increasingly engaged with the challenge of addressing how tax avoidance and evasion affect developing countries, but need to address the role played by multinational enterprises and tax havens in exacerbating inequality and undermining countries’ domestic revenues.
The Bretton Woods Project has published a new briefing providing a critical analysis of the IMF's latest work on gender equality. The briefing questions the sustainability of the Fund's new approach to gender equality and reveals that the Fund's analysis so far is limited and inconsistent with the full achievement of women's economic empowerment.
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