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”.
After 4 years of on-off negotiation and public opposition, the government of Egypt has signed a loan deal with the IMF whose impacts civil society fears will encroach upon human rights, social protection and social provision, like health and education, upon which the poorest depend.
Investments by the World Bank-hosted Global Financing Facility (GFF) do not reflect the family planning priorities identified by developing countries and local communities. The GFF also continues to suffer from a lack of transparency and meaningful civil society participation, raising doubts about the new mechanism’s effectiveness.
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