US NGO Government Accountability Project (GAP) has applauded the World Bank’s new policy on whistleblower protection, but expressed disappointment over the failure to ensure two “crucial” protections; those on access to an impartial forum to hear claims, and a guarantee of employment for staff who successfully contest retaliatory dismissal. GAP legal director Tom Devine described the new policy, announced in early June, as “a gaudily decorated cardboard shield”.
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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