Independent Review Mechanism (IRM)

12-Jul-2019

Board approves Independent Review Mechanism’s recommendations of the first monitoring report on Modern Mills of Mali (M3) Project

On 10 July 2019, the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group approved recommendations of the first monitoring report of the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) on the «Diversification of Activities of the Modern Mills of Mali” (M3) Project in Mali.   The Board asked Bank management to update its action plan and submit biannual supervision reports to the IRM on the progress made in its implementation. Finally, it authorized the independent Review Mechanism (IRM) to conduct a second monitoring mission to Mali next year (2020), to assess progress made in the...
26-Apr-2019

The African Development Bank to host the annual meeting of the Independent Accountability Mechanisms Network of international financial institutions

The Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) of the African Development Bank Group will host the 16th annual meeting of the Independent Accountability Mechanisms Network (IAMnet) of international financial institutions (IFIs) from 24 to 28 June 2019, in Abidjan.  The objectives of the annual meeting are to: identify and foster means for cooperation among IAMs within their respective mandates; contribute to the regular exchange of ideas and best practices; and share views on the role of the IAMs in enhancing institutional accountability as a key component of corporate governance.  ...
26-Apr-2019

The African Development Bank to host the annual meeting of the Independent Accountability Mechanisms Network of international financial institutions

The Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) of the African Development Bank Group will host the 16th annual meeting of the Independent Accountability Mechanisms Network (IAMnet) of international financial institutions (IFIs) from 24 to 28 June 2019, in Abidjan.  The objectives of the annual meeting are to: identify and foster means for cooperation among IAMs within their respective mandates; contribute to the regular exchange of ideas and best practices; and share views on the role of the IAMs in enhancing institutional accountability as a key component of corporate governance.  ...
01-Mar-2019

South Africa: African Development Bank Board approves third monitoring report on management action plan for Eskom’s Medupi Power Project

The African Development Bank has approved the recommendations of the third Monitoring Report of the Independent Review Mechanism on the Implementation of the Updated Management Action Plan for Eskom South Africa’s Medupi Power Project. The Medupi Power Project, which is currently under construction, is a 4,764 MW coal-fired power plant in Lephalalae, Limpopo Province, South Africa. The approval by the Board of Directors of the Bank paves the way for the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) to undertake the fourth annual monitoring of the Medupi Power Project in 2019, in line with...
15-Feb-2019

Third review of African Development Bank’s Independent Review Mechanism to take place this year

The Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) of the African Development Bank will undergo a third review this year, following the Board of Directors’ approval  of the concept note and terms of reference for the exercise  in its session held 13 February, 2019. The objective of the review is to take stock of IRM’s experiences and to examine how its scope and functions can be improved to enhance its independence, effectiveness, and relevance. The review is informed by the experiences and best practices of counterpart IRM’s in other International Financial Institutions. The Bank will...
01-Feb-2019

Senegal: Board approves recommendations and mitigation action plan for Coal-Fired Power Plant Project

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group has approved the recommendations of the Independent Review Mechanism to bring the Sendou coal-fired power plant project in Senegal into compliance with Bank policies and procedures. The compliance review report was approved with a mitigation action plan prepared by the Bank’s management. The Board’s decision will trigger the process of resolving the main concerns raised by the complainants that the Sendou power plant will have negative impacts and consequences on their environments and their lives. The IRM will monitor the...
04-Oct-2018

African Development Bank approves recommendations by the Independent Review Mechanism for Form Ghana Reforestation Project

The implementation of mitigation measures to bring Form Ghana Reforestation Project into compliance with Bank environmental and social standards have received a green light from the African Development Bank. The Bank’s Independent Review Mechanism made the recommendations after a spot check review. The reforestation project aims to restore 11,700 hectares of degraded forest reserves through the establishment of a large-scale sustainable commercial forest plantation in Ghana. The Bank’s board approved the project in July 2016, giving it a corporate loan of USD 14 million. The funding is...
02-Aug-2018

Sub-Regional Workshop on African Development Bank’s Independent Review Mechanism

The Compliance Review and Mediation Unit (BCRM) of the African Development Bank Group is organizing a sub-regional information workshop on the Bank’s  “Independent Review Mechanism: A Recourse Avenue for Communities Around Bank--Financed Projects” from 18 to 19 September 2018 in Yaoundé, Cameroon. This event, fully coordinated with the Bank country offices, is part of the BCRM outreach activities planned for 2018. It will bring together about 35 participants representing civil society organizations and projects implementation units responsible for the realization of Bank-financed...
28-Jun-2018

Cameroon: African Development Bank's Independent Review Mechanism screens three projects

On May 9, 2018, the Boards of Directors approved the Semi-Urban Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation, the Ketta-Djoum Road Development Project, and the Kumba-Mamfe Road Development Project for a Bank-triggered compliance review, or spot check advisory review of project compliance. This kind of review is part of the advisory functions provided by the Independent Review Mechanism for institutional learning. It is designed to assist management to improve how safeguards issues on Bank financed projects are handled during preparation and implementation. During the exercise, the Independent...
25-May-2018

Board approves Independent Review Mechanism’s recommendations and the Management Action Plan for Modern Mills Project in Mali

On April 26, 2018, the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group approved compliance recommendations of the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) on the «Diversification of Activities of the Modern Mills of Mali” (M3). The compliance review report was approved with a mitigation action plan prepared by the Bank’s Management. The Board authorized the preparation of the compliance review report in its meeting on 23 November 2016 following the registration of a complaint by persons affected by the M3 project. The IRM's recommendations and the implementation of Management’s Action...
25-May-2018

Le Conseil approuve les recommandations du Mécanisme indépendant d’inspection et le plan d’action de la direction relatifs au projet de Moulin Moderne du Mali

Le Conseil d’administration du Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement, en sa séance du 26 avril 2018, a approuvé les recommandations du mécanisme indépendant d’inspection (MII) contenues dans le rapport de vérification de la conformité du projet « Diversification des Activités du Moulin Moderne du Mali » (M3). Ce document a été approuvé en même temps que le Plan d’action contenant les mesures d’atténuation proposées par la direction de la Banque. Le Conseil avait autorisé la préparation de ce rapport en sa séance du 23 novembre 2016 suite à l’enregistrement d’une plainte...
03-Oct-2017

Bank Group approves second monitoring report on updated Management Action Plan for the Medupi Power Project in South Africa

The Boards of Directors of the African Development Bank Group approved on September 6, 2017 the recommendations of the Second Monitoring Report of the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) on the Implementation of the Updated Management Action Plan for the Medupi Power Project in South Africa. The Management Action Plan was endorsed by the Boards of Directors on February 13, 2013. It was designed to bring the Medupi project into compliance with applicable Bank policies and procedures based on the recommendations of the IRM Compliance Review Report. The Compliance Review Report had noted a...
01-Aug-2017

Improving Accountability of Development Projects in West Africa - Joint CAO-IFC / BCRM-AfDB Regional Workshops in 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...
06-Jul-2017

AfDB Board approves the Form Ghana Reforestation Project and the Southern Tunisian Gas Pipeline Project for spot check advisory review

On June 7, 2017, the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank approved the Form Ghana Reforestation Project and the Southern Tunisia Gas Pipeline Project to undergo a Bank-triggered compliance review. This review, referred to as spot check advisory review of project compliance (Spot-Check Review), is part of the advisory functions provided by the Bank’s Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) for purposes of institutional learning. The goal of this review is to assist Bank Management to improve the handling of safeguards issues relating to the projects during their preparation and...
05-Jun-2017

AfDB to host Independent Review Mechanism experts to familiarize with the policies and procedures

From 4 to 10 June 2017 in Abidjan, the African Development Bank (AfDB) will host a mission of Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) experts, as part of the mechanism’s annual and statutory visit.  Its objective is to provide IRM’s experts with the opportunity to hold in depth discussions on their activities with the Bank’s Senior Management, staff in the operations and the Executive Directors. The talks will focus on issues pertaining to ongoing requests and recent developments in the Bank. This year's visit to Abidjan is exceptional. Indeed, this is the first mission organized after...
20-Apr-2017

African Development Bank to further examine social and environmental concerns on Sendou coal-fired power plant in Senegal

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group approved the eligibility assessment for compliance review of the Bank-financed 125-MW Sendou coal-fired power plant project in the village of Bargny Minam in Senegal. Independent experts will carry out further investigations to clarify issues raised by two groups of residents from the community of Bargny. Both groups raised questions over government policy and the National Code of the Environment, and the potential vulnerability of communities and a heritage site to air pollution, coastal erosion and the disruption of...
25-Jan-2017

Workshop of the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) in Cameroon

Representatives of some Project Implementation Units (PIUs) and Civil Society organizations (CSOs) have pledged to disseminate information about the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) to the communities. They have identified and proposed to the Compliance Review and Mediation (BCRM), the lines of communication and capacity building activities that they will use in order to better engage communities and manage complaints more effectively. These are the flagship results of the workshop organized by the Compliance Review and Mediation (BCRM) on 11 and 12 January 2017 in Yaoundé,...
04-Jan-2017

AfDB workshop on Independent Review Mechanism outlines complaints procedures for Bank-financed projects

The Compliance Review and Mediation Unit (CRMU) of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is organizing an information workshop on “Handling complaints from people affected by AfDB-financed projects” on 11-12 January 2017 in Yaoundé, Cameroon. During the two-day workshop, Bank experts will brief the participants on issues of accountability, compliance review and problem-solving/complaint-handling approaches. The workshop will also discuss information and mediation training needs and result in a collaboration framework between CRMU and project implementation units, and between CRMU and...
03-Apr-2016

AfDB workshop on Independent Review Mechanism outlines complaints procedures for Bank-financed projects

The Compliance Review and Mediation Unit (CRMU) of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is organizing an information workshop on “Handling complaints from people affected by AfDB-financed projects” on April 4-5, 2016 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The meeting will bring together some 75 stakeholders from civil society organizations, project implementation units, the media and the government. The meeting is intended to equip participants with the needed tools to provide support to people adversely affected by Bank-financed projects when they want to complain to the AfDB as a result...
30-Jan-2015

AfDB Board approves revised Resolution establishing Bank’s Independent Review Mechanism

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) approved on Wednesday, January 28 in Abidjan the revised version of the Resolution establishing the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) and its operating rules and procedures. These procedures simplify the process of filing complaints from persons adversely affected by a project or programme financed by the Bank. They also enable the IRM to provide advisory service to the Bank. Administered by the Bank’s Compliance Review and Mediation Unit (CRMU), the IRM gets involved when two or more affected persons submit a complaint...