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.
Originally created to help the poor escape poverty and deprivation, the World Bank became the most important advocate for the commercialised microcredit model. Yet, critics argued it undermined the chances of sustainable and equitable development to create a poverty trap of historic proportions.
While the World Development Report (WDR) 2018 on education has some redeeming features, it is part of the Bank's longstanding very narrow view of education, and is silent on education financing.
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