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Civil society comments on World Bank Inspection Panel's draft operating procedures

As the World Bank Inspection Panel (WB-IP) is in the process of reviewing its operating procedures, a coalition of civil society organizations took the opportunity to comment on the draft procedures.

In their comments, they state that "the Panel has served a critical role in addressing the concerns of communities affected by Bank projects through its investigatory and reporting functions" and stress the importance that these functions will not be undermined and continue to serve their "original purpose of giving affected communities an opportunity to have their claims investigated by an independent body that will transparently report its findings to the Bank’s decisionmakers and the public".

The civil society organizations list numerous aspects of the draft procedures that could potentially have a negative impact on the accessibility and effectiveness of the WB-IP. Of particular concern are the changes proposed to the eligibility criteria for investigation and the pilot program, "both of which may significantly weaken the Panel process for requesters for whom there may be no other forum to raise their complaints".

For the full list of comments, please click here.