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2013 Annual Report of the Independent Review Mechanism
The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has in place a robust system of oversight and accountability, comprising several instruments1. The Independent Review Mechanism (IRM), administered by the Compliance Review and Mediation Unit (CRMU), is part of this system to reinforce accountability and transparency in Bank operations. The CRMU performs three main functions: the administration of the IRM, problem-solving/mediation and outreach. The Boards of Directors established the IRM in 2004 for the purpose of providing people adversely affected by a Bank financed project, with an independent mechanism through which to submit their complaints to the Bank and request the Bank to comply with its policies and procedures. The IRM compliance review is carried out by external independent Experts, appointed by the Boards of Directors of the Bank Group.