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”.
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Last year BRICS' leaders agreed to launch a BRICS development bank. Whether this is considered positive depends in part what questions are being asked. Sameer Dossani of ActionAid International highlights the flaws in the World Bank and IMF, analyses whether a BRICS Bank could be different from these institutions and proposes what it should do and what it should look like.
The Bretton Woods Project is an ActionAid hosted project (UK registered charity no. 274467).