In late April, after a contentious internal review, the World Bank Board approved changes to its Inspection Panel, the forum for citizen complaints about Bank-financed projects that harm people and the environment.
The World Bank Group has appointed the first IFC/MIGA Compliance Advisor/Ombudsperson.
On March 24 the World Bank Board will hold a special consultation session about likely changes to the Bank’s Independent Inspection Panel.
The IFC is appointing an environmental and social compliance ombudsman to monitor implementation of environmental and social policies.
Last year the Brazilian government narrowly managed to persuade the World Bank’s Board not to send its Inspection Panel to investigate the Itaparica hydroelectric project, subject of controversy over the forced eviction of 40,000 people.
The World Bank’s Inspection Panel has received a complaint from residents of Alexandra township, Johannesburg, about “Phase 1B” of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), which involves diverting water from the mountains of Lesotho to South Africa’s industrial heartland.
In February the World Bank Board will again review the functioning of the Bank’s Inspection Panel, subject of two new NGO reports.
The Inspection Panel investigation into the Singrauli power project in India has found major problems with the Bank’s approach to the project.