In August, the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (CAO), the accountability mechanism of the International Finance Corporation (IFC, the World Bank’s private sector arm), launched an audit into its $30 million investment in palm oil and food company Corporación Dinant in Honduras, that “merits further enquiry”. The case was initiated by the CAO vice president in April in response to NGO concerns, including allegations that Dinant “conducted, facilitated or supported forced evictions of farmers”, the “inappropriate use of private and public security forces”, and “that IFC failed to identify early enough and/or respond appropriately to the situation of Dinant in the context of the declining political and security situation”.
EarthRights International examines how the Jam v. IFC case has helped to shift the landscape of accountability for international financial institutions by successfully challenging their claim to “absolute” immunity in US courts, potentially opening IFC up to further legal challenges in future.
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