ADB’s revised Accountability Mechanism now allows people adversely affected by bank-financed projects to access compliance reviews. In addition, ADB has created a new position that will serve as the single entry point receiving all complaints from the public. The cutoff for filing complaints has been extended as well.
The bank said the revisions are in line with ADB’s campaign to make its complaint procedures more accessible and efficient. As part of the revamp, ADB is also taking steps to make its compliance review panel more independent. Other improvements to be implemented by the bank include better tracking and monitoring of complaints and increased outreach with stakeholders.
The revisions were informed by ADB’s recently conducted review of its Accountability Mechanism, which the bank adopted in 2003. For the past two years, ADB consulted with various stakeholders to identify ways to improve the said mechanism.
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