World Bank to Introduce Contractor Disqualification to Strengthen Prevention of Gender-Based Violence

first_imgWorld Bank to Introduce Contractor Disqualification to Strengthen Prevention of Gender-Based Violence Gender-based Violence (GBV) is an urgent global issue that affects 1 in 3 women in their lifetime. GBV devastates the life and well-being of its survivors and imposes high social and economic costs that undermine development and exacerbate poverty. The Bank is committed to fighting gender-based violence in all its forms and has zero tolerance for its occurrence in Bank-financed projects.The World Bank is now the first multilateral development bank to disqualify contractors for failing to comply with GBV-related obligations. These contractors will not receive Bank-financed contracts anywhere in the world for two years. After this period, the contractors will have to demonstrate their capacity to meet the Bank’s requirements for preventing GBV before receiving a new Bank-financed contract.“Gender-based violence is unacceptable,” said World Bank Group President David Malpass. “We are committed to mitigating and preventing risks of GBV in the projects we finance through robust policies, standards, and practices. Contractors who do not meet the bar will be disqualified.”The disqualification builds on a tested, credible and independent contractual mechanism embedded in good industry practices and in the Bank’s Standard Procurement Documents for Large Works. It emphasizes prevention through continuous independent monitoring of compliance with GBV-related obligations throughout contract implementation. It will apply to large works contracts procured after January 1, 2021, under infrastructure projects rated high risk for GBV. The design of the disqualification mechanism benefitted from an extended global engagement with key stakeholders including government counterparts, development partners, contractors and contractors’ associations, and national and international CSOs.Financing a large portfolio of infrastructure contracts, the World Bank expects that the new disqualification mechanism will further raise the bar for preventing GBV and incentivize well-performing contractors. We hope other MDBs will follow us in deepening our collective fight against GBV by adopting similar concrete measures.Website: Strengthening Prevention of Gender-Based Violence (GBV): Contractor Accountability and Disqualification /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:bank, finance, Government, industry, infrastructure, meet, President, prevention, violence, website, world, World Banklast_img read more