What Do We Know About Unknown Complaints?
Welcome to our August newsletter edition! This month, we explore IAM transparency through the lens of unknown or unreported complaints filed to IAMs. The Accountability Console tracks all complaints filed to any IAM, but what happens when complaints aren't reported on IAM registries? Research Associate Marisa Lenci looks at what unknown complaints are, why there are so many of them, and the implications these complaints have on transparency and accountability in international finance.
Updates to Console data, features, and functionality
- DocSearch Export: DocSearch search results can now be exported into a CSV file upon request.
- New Complaints: Complaints have been added from all registries for anything appearing through June 2021. Existing active complaints have also been updated as of June 30, 2021.
By Marisa Lenci — Aug. 2, 2021
What are "unknown complaints," and why are there so many of them? Research Associate Marisa Lenci explores why over two hundred complaints appear to have almost no information associated with them, where they come from, and what they mean for transparency and accountability.
Noteworthy updates on Bank and IAM policy and practice
New Board Guidelines at the Green Climate Fund Codify Governance of Environmental & Social Accountability
The Board of the GCF adopted new guidelines for how the Board responds to findings of its accountability office, the IRM. Key principles of the guidelines instruct the Board to: Expeditiously consider the IRM’s case reports, and decide on an outcome; Not initiate a de novo review of the facts but, rather, give deference to the IRM’s report; Approach IRM reports fairly, and in an unbiased and remedy-focused manner; Disclose any reasons for disagreeing with the findings or recommendations of the IRM in the course of a closed-door meeting; and, Include IRM case reports in the Board’s annual reports to the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
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