Vienna, Oct 1 (IPS) – Will the World Bank refill the এ 100 billion IDA 20 without “walking the talk” about disability?
The World Bank Group’s (WBG) International Development Association (IDA), the bank’s low-income nding donor force, wants to raise 100 100 billion for its first 20th recovery (IDA20). IDA20’s focus is on “reducing disability … people with disabilities … from achieving their full potential”.
In 2019, the World Bank Group will support its global development goals of 82 82 billion under IDA 19, one of the four major cross-cutting themes of disability.
World Bank 2018 Disability inclusion and accountability structures Commitment, “Inequality and Equality, Accessibility, Inclusion and Participation, and Partnership and Collaboration.” However, there is another dark reality behind the fundraising rhetoric.
Dozens of workers hired by the WBG claim that denial of abuse, retaliation, governance failure, lack of transparency, lack of accountability and legitimate inability to reduce costs is not an exception but the norm.
These issues were first raised during the 2021 World Bank-IMF Spring Meeting in April. Articles Inter-Press Service (IPS) news agency.
Over the past four years, the number of disability-related internal complaints has risen alarmingly, warns the World Bank president. However, the rights of persons with disabilities continue to be trampled underfoot, at the mercy of the human resources team in charge of supervision.
How can the World Bank avoid its responsibility?
The World Bank’s international body has immunity under the Immunity Act, which means that in the United States headquarters, a few blocks of the U.S. Supreme Court, it is not subject to any U.S. law, nor can it be sued in U.S. courts.
Originally authorized to facilitate operations, this immunity has had a devastating effect on bank employees with disabilities who cannot claim protection under any minimum national or international disability law – such as the American with Disabilities Act or the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The time has come for WBG to be held accountable under these criteria.
WBG obscure rules facilitate inequality
The World Bank sets its own standards in the form of its Disability and Workers’ Compensation Rules, which lacks the appropriate powers of an international organization because their ambiguity facilitates discrimination, abuse, cronyism, arbitrary interpretation, unequal application and retaliation.
These rules do not require WBG to treat disabled employees fairly, or even fairly.
Under the guise of immunity, WBG can and does change these rules with impunity. For example, WBG has removed the pension protection of completely and permanently disabled workers. In response to questions about arbitrary and unjust decisions, the HR team has been given the responsibility of overseeing the “ownership system”, which is kept secret.
The World Bank is increasing activities and staffing in an environment of fragility, conflict and violence. Like its sisters at the UN, WBG does not provide critical malicious law (MA) insurance to protect its employees.
In early 2010, a report by the U.S.-based Government Accountability Project revealed these flaws based on information provided by WBG Whistle-Blower.
Unfortunately, despite continued calls for reform, the report’s findings include loose security measures and “a chronicle of policy reimbursement claims, coordinating revolving claims, increasingly detailed and conflicting claims for information” and compensation programs for the bank’s “exceptional” employees.
Intimidation and retaliation: Beyond the results of the Doing Business report
The recent scandal has been uncovered through an independent investigation into irregularities in the bank’s Doing Business report (see Observer Autumn 2021) exposing an environment of “psychological terror”, threats and intimidation.
The experience of people with disabilities reporting to the World Bank certainly supports this description. Some people with disabilities express emotional distress due to attempted suicide, emotional breakdown, and hospitalization due to harassment by WBG and the management of its disability program.
People with disabilities report that they are powerless and have nowhere to go. They raised their concerns with World Bank President David Malpas and the 25 executive directors of the WBG board, but to no avail.
People with disabilities feel that the World Bank has a culture where those who abuse face retaliation. Those who abuse do so with impunity. Whistle-blowers fear retaliation, as banks could end their disability coverage, endangering their health and survival.
Many people with disabilities report that they have found examples of adverse actions that they blame for whistle-blower retaliation, including intimidation of personal investigators, arbitrary denial of treatment, and slander.
The Doing business External and independent investigations have revealed the World Bank’s lack of internal accountability. Similarly, only an external and independent investigation with the full participation of WBG persons with disabilities will reveal the dimensions of the World Bank’s disability problems.
The World Bank’s workers’ compensation and disability scheme requires structural changes to the system of transparency, governance and accountability.
Before handing over additional taxpayer funds for IDA20, donors have an obligation to uphold human rights and ensure that banks can no longer avoid, “Do what I say, but not like me.”
Andrei Hovavuimian, Former Director of Investment for Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa at the International Financial Corporation (IFC), sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group (WBG).
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