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Inter-American Investment Corporation Must Schedule Release of Evidence in Vila Case

Bea Edwards, June 10, 2010

The District Court for the District of Columbia has set an Initial Scheduling Conference for July 15, 2010 for the claim filed by Jorge Vila, an independent banking consultant in emerging markets, against the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), the private sector lending arm of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), to submit the schedules for the documentary and witne

Inter-American Investment Corporation Must Schedule Release of Evidence in Vila Case

Bea Edwards, June 10, 2010

The District Court for the District of Columbia has set an Initial Scheduling Conference for July 15, 2010 for the claim filed by Jorge Vila, an independent banking consultant in emerging markets, against the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), the private sector lending arm of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), to submit the schedules for the documentary and witness evidence to be presented by the IIC and Vila at the trial, expected to take place later this year.

 

Are the World Bank’s Anti-Corruption Efforts Corrupted?*

, April 22, 2010

In 2009, the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) released an unprecedented 700-page evaluation which found evidence that the institution is failing to adequately address the risks of fraud and corruption in its assistance programs. While its findings apply to the International Development Association (IDA) – the arm of the Bank which provides assistance to low-income countries -- the entire Bank relies on the same regulatory controls.

World Bank Ignores Corrupt Anti-Corruption Work

, April 15, 2010

On Monday, April 9, GAP sent a letter to Anne-Marie Leroy, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at the World Bank, concerning the corruption of the review of the Bank’s investigative practices by an external panel chaired by Paul Volcker in 2007. World Bank Administrative Tribunal (AT) rulings published five months ago expose the way in which Suzanne Folsom, former Director of the Department of Institutional Integrity (INT), the investigative unit, infiltrated the Volcker panel.

The World Bank’s Anti-Corruption Charade

Bea Edwards, April 12, 2010

As the World Bank approaches its donor governments for great huge infusions of new cash and loan guarantees this year, many of which have expressed concern about fraud and theft at the global institution, senior management has produced an extravaganza of anti-corruption fanfare. On Friday, April 9th, in Luxembourg, high-level officials and eminent persons at the multilateral development banks (MDBs), including the World Bank, joined hands and skipped gaily downstage to the footlights where they unveiled their joint debarment agreement for applause and ovations.

GAP Report Reveals Lack of Security for World Bank Staff and Consultants

, March 15, 2010

Today GAP released a report about the lack of security for World Bank staff and consultants, based on the experience of an International Finance Corporation (IFC) employee who was diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder after a mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Jorge Vila v. Inter-American Investment Corporation

Bea Edwards, January 27, 2010

On January 7th, 2010, the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), the private sector lending arm of the IDB, decided not to appeal the decision of the US District Court of Appeals obliging the multinational development bank to waive its immunity. The IIC/IDB has been sued by Jorge Vila, an independent banking consultant in emerging markets, for unjust enrichment. Vila bases his lawsuit on his claim that the IIC solicited his services as a financial expert, accepted them and benefited from them, but subsequently refused to pay for them.

GAP Hosts Successful Discussion About Racial Issues at the World Bank and IDB

, January 13, 2010

Last night GAP hosted a discussion at Busboys and Poets about racial issues at the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). There was a full house, with standing room only and more than 70 people in attendance, including representatives and employees from the IDB, World Bank (as observers), civil society and the U.S. government.

GAP Hosts Discussion About Racial Issues at the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank

Shelley Walden, January 13, 2010

Today, January 12, from 6-8 p.m. GAP will host a round-table conversation at the Cullen Room at the new Busboys and Poets (5th & K location) concerning recent evidence from whistleblowers showing that racial discrimination remains a challenge at the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

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