A provision recently passed by the US Congress requires the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD, the World Bank’s middle-income country arm), the African Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank to make “substantial progress” towards implementing “best practices for the protection of whistleblowers from retaliation” before the US contributes more funding to their capital base. A 2007 study by consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers showed that whistleblowers were the initial means of detecting economic crimes in 43 per cent of cases. The new regulations are intended to contribute to improving accountability and reducing corruption in the development industry.
New US law requires World Bank, MDBs to implement whistleblower protections prior to general capital increases
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.
The Bretton Woods Project has published a new briefing providing a critical analysis of the IMF's latest work on gender equality. The briefing questions the sustainability of the Fund's new approach to gender equality and reveals that the Fund's analysis so far is limited and inconsistent with the full achievement of women's economic empowerment.
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