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”.
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.
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