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
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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