Wanted: Public feedback on IDB grievance and redress policy

A hand rests on a computer mouse. As part of its effort to increase transparency and accountability, the Inter-American Development Bank has opened up a public consultation on a policy that provides a forum for addressing complaints from those affected by IDB-financed projects. Photo by: Inter-American Development Bank

The Inter-American Development Bank is asking you to comment on its grievance and redress policy.

On Aug. 2, IDB opened up a public consultation on the Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism, a policy that provides a forum for addressing complaints from communities or individuals who may be affected by IDB-financed projects.

The first phase, which will tackle the current ICIM policy, will end Sept. 30. Stakeholders will have the chance to influence the result of the policy review through online comments, face-to-face meetings to be held in Washington, D.C., as well as via videoconferences and interviews with past stakeholders.

Another phase will seek comments on the soon-to-be-developed draft of the new ICIM policy. A final draft summarizing comments from the first and second phases will be released for presentation to the IDB board.

IDB’s move to reach out to people worldwide follows a global movement — fueled by technology — for aid transparency and accountability.

“This public comment period is part of a comprehensive effort by the IDB to increase transparency and accountability in all aspects of its activities,” IDB said in a statement.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Agency for International Development also sought external input on a proposed urban services strategy. The policy was open for comments online.

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