A review of the treatment of black employees at the World Bank in recruitment, retention and justice decisions has been released by US NGO Government Accountability Project. Although the Bank has adopted measures to raise awareness, the report found that meaningful measures to improve retention of black staff members are still lacking. The report details the scale of discrimination: of 1000 professional grade American World Bank staff worldwide, there are only four black Americans. Co-author of the report, Shelley Walden called the World Bank’s anti-discrimination policies “largely cosmetic” and lacking in “effective, impartial enforcement mechanisms.”
This briefing emphasises the interdependence between the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement, in terms of ensuring that all new infrastructure is climate resilient and aligned with the low- or zero-carbon pathways required to avert catastrophic climate change – which would render achieving the SDGs impossible.
World Bank Enabling the Business of Agriculture rankings prescribe land privatisation at the expense of family farmers, pastoralists, and Indigenous Peoples.
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