Eyeing Trends In Multilateral Development Bank Enforcement

By Michael DeBernardis and Jonathan Zygielbaum (January 29, 2020, 5:41 PM EST) -- Two decades after former World Bank Group President James D. Wolfensohn committed the World Bank to supporting international efforts to combat corruption, the World Bank and other multilateral development banks, or MDBs, have firmly established their role in the global fight against corruption and related misconduct.

The World Bank now routinely sanctions dozens of companies and individuals each year for engaging in misconduct on projects it finances. According to the World Bank's Sanctions System Annual Report, the World Bank's Integrity Vice Presidency, or INT, the unit tasked with investigating and prosecuting misconduct, submitted 37 cases to the Sanctions and Debarment Officer in...

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