Marrakech, April 26, 2008 - The Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) was recently presented in a national workshop to more than twenty representatives of civil society organizations in Morocco. The workshop took place on April 26, 2008 in Marrakech. It was officially opened by Mr. Matondo-Fundani, the Resident Representative of the African Development Bank in Morocco who also presented the Bank’s projects and technical support programs in the country. Mr. Per Eldar Sovik, the Director of the CRMU, presented the objective and the functions of the IRM and answered the participants’ questions about the eligibility of requests and the ways of maintaining the credibility and effectiveness of the mechanism. The workshop has been an important opportunity to exchange views on the role that the civil society can play in educating people about their rights to submit complaints to the IRM in case they are or likely to be adversely affected by any of the Bank’s- financed project in their respective countries. The presentations of experiences and views of four Moroccan Non-Governmental Organizations specialized in local development provided key additions to understanding the challenges as well as the general expectations of the IRM as an instrument for enhancing the accountability of the Bank Group’s operations.