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Response to Proposed Amendments to the IRM Operating Rules and Procedures

The public consultation phase for the second review of the African Development Bank’s Independent Review Mechanism ended on August 30th. The IRM received comments submitted by the Civil Society Coalition on the AfDB on behalf of 67 CSOs; Accountability Counsel, on behalf of 12 CSOs, and the Legal Resources Center.

Following the public consultation period, at the request of civil society, the AfDB published the proposed amendments to the IRM’s Operating Rules and Procedure. Civil society submitted a combined response to the proposed amendments in the beginning of October, expressing concern about, inter alia, a new spot check function, under which the mechanism will select two or more high-risk projects per year and provide to AfDB on their compliance with AfDB policies. This function would create a serious conflict of interest if a community-driven complaint is later filed on the same projects. The revised version of the Operating Rules and Procedures is expected to be approved by the end of the year.

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