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The World Bank Accountability Mechanism

The World Bank Accountability Mechanism is an independent complaints mechanism for people and communities who believe that they have been, or are likely to be, harmed by a World Bank-funded project. It houses the Inspection Panel, which conducts compliance reviews, and the Dispute Resolution Service, which facilitates a voluntary and independent dispute resolution option for complainants and borrowers in the context of Requests for Inspection to the Panel.

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Panel Issues Notice of Registration of Cameroon Hydropower Project

The Inspection Panel on July 25, 2022, issued a Notice of Registration for a Request for Inspection of the Cameroon Nachtigal Hydropower Project (P157734) and Hydropower Development on the Sanaga River Technical Assistance Project (P157733).

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Accountability Mechanism Welcomes Summer Interns

The Accountability Mechanism welcomes Carlee Goldberg and Dhwani Kharel as Summer 2022 interns.

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Accountability Mechanism Secretary Invites Comment on the Draft Accountability Mechanism Operating Procedures

The open consultation period runs for a period of 40 working days (8 weeks), commencing on July 18 and closing on September 12, 2022.

Comments from any interested individual or organization are invited. Input may be provided in any format and any language. Submissions or queries may be submitted to accountability@worldbank.org

World Bank Accountability Mechanism Sarajevo Outreach

AM Joins Bankwatch and other IAMs at Outreach Workshop for CSOs in Sarajevo

The World Bank Accountability Mechanism (AM) on June 14-15, 2022, joined three other independent accountability mechanisms (IAMs) in explaining their work to civil society representatives in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

World Bank Inspection Panel Togo WACA Project

Board Approves Panel Recommendation to Investigate Togo, WACA Resilience Investment Project; Parties to be Offered Option of Dispute Resolution

The World Bank Board of Executive Directors on June 23, 2022, approved an Inspection Panel recommendation to investigate the Togo, Western Africa Coastal Area (WACA) Resilience Investment Project and its additional financing in Togo.

World Bank Inviting Applications for an Inspection Panel Member Position

The World Bank is inviting applications for an opening on its Inspection Panel. 

 

Panel Issues Notice of Non-Registration in India Hydroelectric Case

The Inspection Panel on April 20, 2022, issued a Notice of Non-Registration for a Request for Inspection of the Vishnugad Pipalkoti Hydro Electric Project in India.

Panel Issues Notice of Non-Registration in Kenya Transport Case

The Inspection Panel on April 13, 2022, issued a Notice of Non-Registration for a Request for Inspection of the Kenya Transport Sector Support Project and its additional financing, which closed on December 31, 2019.

Accountability Mechanism Joins Other IAMs at Virtual Outreach Workshop for CSOs in Pakistan

The World Bank Accountability Mechanism (AM) on March 29 and 30, 2022, joined three other independent accountability mechanisms (IAMs) in explaining their work to civil society representatives in Pakistan.

Parties in Nepal Transmission Project Case Agree to Pursue Dispute Resolution

World Bank Accountability Mechanism (AM) Secretary Orsolya Székely on April 12, 2022, informed the World Bank Board of Executive Directors, the Inspection Panel and World Bank management that the parties involved in the Nepal-India Electricity Transmission and Trade Project and its additional financing in Nepal have agreed to voluntarily engage in a dispute resolution process to try to find a mutually acceptable solution to the issues raised in a Request for Inspection of the project.

AM Hosts Columbia University Human Rights Advocates Program

The World Bank Accountability Mechanism (AM) on March 17 hosted a virtual information session for participants in the Human Rights Advocates Program at Columbia University.

William Romans Appointed DRS Head of Operations and Senior Specialist

William Romans has been appointed head of operations for the Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) and dispute resolution senior specialist. Mr. Romans, who was selected after an open and competitive recruitment process, will take up his duties on April 4.

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Board Approves Panel Recommendation to Investigate Nepal Transmission Project

Parties to be Offered Option of Dispute Resolution

The World Bank Board of Executive Directors on March 3, 2022, approved an Inspection Panel recommendation to investigate the Nepal-India Electricity Transmission and Trade Project and its additional financing in Nepal.

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Board Approves Panel Recommendation Not to Investigate Trade and Transport Project in Nepal

The World Bank Board of Executive Directors on January 25, 2022, approved an Inspection Panel recommendation not to investigate the Nepal-India Regional Trade and Transport Project in Nepal.

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Ramanie Kunanayagam Becomes Panel Chair

Ramanie Kunanayagam became chair of the World Bank Inspection Panel on January 1, succeeding Imrana Jalal.  Ms. Kunanayagam recently answered questions about, among other things, what brought her to the Panel and how the experience has been so far.

Birgit Kuba appointed Inspection Panel senior investigations officer

Birgit Kuba has been appointed to the new position of Senior Investigations Officer at the World Bank Inspection Panel.

Parties in Uganda Infrastructure Case Agree to Pursue Dispute Resolution

World Bank Accountability Mechanism (AM) Secretary Orsolya Székely on December 2, 2021, informed the World Bank Board of Executive Directors, the Inspection Panel and World Bank Management that the parties involved in the Second Kampala Institutional and Infrastructure Development Project case in Uganda have agreed to voluntarily engage in a dispute resolution process to try to find a mutually acceptable solution to the issues raised in a Request for Inspection of the project.

Inspection Panel to Release New Advisory Report, Host Discussion on Reprisals Against Those Involved in Complaints

The discussion—which will be streamed live on YouTube at this link—will coincide with the publication of the seventh report in the Panel’s Emerging Lessons Series. The report—titled “Right to be Heard: Intimidation and Reprisals in World Bank Inspection Panel Complaints”—is based on the Panel’s expeerience and practice responding to allegations of reprisals since its inception nearly 30 years ago. 

Inspection Panel Issues Notice of Non-Registration in Uganda Natural Resources Case

The Inspection Panel on November 29, 2021, issued a Notice of Non-Registration for a Request for Inspection of the Securing Uganda’s Natural Resource Base in Protected Areas Project.

Inspection Panel Chair speaks to ADB Forum on Addressing Gender-based Violence and Sexual Violence in Development Projects

Inspection Panel Chair Imrana Jalal on November 25, 2021, discussed the topic of how to address gender-based violence (GBV) in development projects as part of a gender forum sponsored by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). 

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Creation of World Bank Accountability Mechanism

The World Bank Board of Executive Directors on September 8, 2020, approved a resolution formally establishing the World Bank Accountability Mechanism (AM).
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Board Resolutions

The World Bank Accountability Mechanism

Resolution No. IBRD 2020-0005 Resolution No. IDA 2020-0004

September 8, 2020

The World Bank Inspection Panel

Resolution No. IBRD 2020-0004 and Resolution No. IDA 2020-0003

September 8, 2020

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