IFI governance


World Bank accused of racial discrimination

6 December 2012

An online petition launched by an international group of current and former Bank staffers, justice for blacks, calls upon Human Rights Watch, the Bank’s governing board and the US government to investigate the Bank’s flagrant inability to uphold its policy of “zero-tolerance policy for discrimination”. The group has raised concerns about equal opportunities, equal pay and the Bank’s administrative tribunal mechanism. They cite US NGO, the Government Accountability Project’s 2009 report (see Update 66,) and two recent discrimination cases in 2010n and 2011 respectively. The principle charge of the petition , which has received nearly 1,500 signatures, is not only that the Bank is failing on racial diversity, but that it is “engaged in violation of human rights”.