Improving Accountability of Development Projects in West Africa - Joint CAO-IFC / BCRM-AfDB Regional Workshops in Abidjan

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From: 01/08/2017
To: 03/08/2017
Location: Abidjan

The Compliance Review and Mediation Unit (BCRM) of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB); the Office of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency MIGA) of the World Bank Group are organizing two regional workshops at the headquarters of the AfDB in Abidjan from 1 to 3 August 2017.

 The central theme of the workshops is: "Strengthening Accountability Mechanisms in the Context of Development Projects in West Africa: Environmental and Social Management Systems , Access to the Recourse Systems and Conflict Resolution in Private Sector Projects Supported by the African Development Bank Group and the World Bank Group (IFC and MIGA) ".

The first Regional Workshop will be held on 1 August 2017. Invited participants include some 30 private sector stakeholders including sponsors implementing projects co-financed by the IFC and the AfDB as well as private companies from other countries in West Africa.

The second regional workshop will take place on 2 and 3 August 2017 and will bring together representatives of 30 West African Civil Society organizations. These organizations act generally as the interfaces between the people negatively affected by projects (PAPs) funded by the AfDB and IFC / MIGA. As such, they can file a complaint on their own right or on behalf of the affected communities.

The aim of these regional workshops is to enhance the understanding of these major development actors on the importance of environmental and social safeguard issues in project development.  They will be briefed on the roles and mandates of the BCRM and the CAO and how these two accountability mechanisms process complaints they receive from People negatively affected by projects finances by the organisations.

The civil society and private sector participants will share their experiences in engaging with communities and resolving complaints.  They will also learn from practical examples on various dispute resolution techniques that are used in finding solutions to complaints.