Nov 15 Thu

Accountability at 25: Reflections on IFI Independent Accountability Mechanisms

09:00AM - 04:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Bank Inspection Panel, which heralded a new form of accountability for international financial institutions (IFIs) and indeed international organizations more generally.  Born at a time when the goals of democratization and sustainability were ascendant in the international dialogue, the Panel’s innovation was its focus on accountability to affected people as a necessary condition for improved sustainable development effectiveness.  In the succeeding twenty-five years, virtually every multilateral development bank, many bilateral institutions, some United Nation agencies and even a few large non-governmental organizations have adopted similar mechanisms for enhancing accountability to affected people.  To a focus on compliance oversight has been added problem-solving, dispute resolution and advisory functions.  An IAM network has emerged with eighteen institutional members.  

This symposium will explore with many of the IAMs and external stakeholders the opportunities and challenges for these mechanisms over the next twenty-five years.  With limited exceptions, the symposium will feature moderated discussions between panel members and with the active participation of the audience. 


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Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom
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Washington DC