Making IAMs Accessible for All Communities
In this month's edition of the Console Newsletter, Communities Fellow Sara Jaramillo examines the vital role civil society organizations play in supporting communities throughout and enhancing the accessibility of Independent Accountability Mechanism (IAM) complaint processes. While IAMs are meant to hold development accountable to affected communities, the reality is that IAM processes can be burdensome, overwhelming and hinder community access to remedy. Through preliminary research conducted by Stanford students for Accountability Counsel, we gain valuable insights into how CSOs impact the success of community complaints and identify policy changes to make IAMs more accessible to all communities.
By Sara Jaramillo — Aug. 7, 2023
Civil society organizations play a crucial role in supporting communities throughout, and improving the accessibility of IAM complaint processes. Insights from preliminary research on this topic show the impact representation can have on the success of a complaint, and identify potential policy changes to make IAMs more accessible for communities.
Noteworthy updates on Bank and IAM policy and practice
The AfDB IRM has launched a new website, which includes updated information on complaints filed to the IRM.
A $117 million forest conservation project in Nicaragua was halted by the Green Climate Fund after its Independent Redress Mechanism found serious due diligence shortcomings that risked causing or exacerbating violent conflict between Indigenous People and settlers.
Responding to the World Bank Group’s plans to scale climate change finance, civil society has called for action to ensure that climate response is rights-forward to realize the vision of a just, inclusive, and resilient transition. The bank is now in possession of an Evolution to Accountability Roadmap, instructing ways to ensure that its independent accountability mechanisms are safe, effective, and efficient to deliver remedy for environmental and human rights harm that compromise the WBG’s mission.