IDBLogoThe Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) recently adopted a new accountability mechanism under which local communities impacted by an IDB-financed project may request investigation of possible violations for the IDB’s safeguard policies including its environmental policy.  The newly created Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (ICIM) replaces the IDB’s old mechanism and became effective on June 30, 2010.

ELAW works with partners throughout the world to ensure that projects financed by development banks comply with the banks’ safeguard policies. To help our partners begin using the IDB’s new mechanism, ELAW just published a guide to filing petitions under the IDB’s Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (ICIM).  The guide is available on the ELAW website.

We hope advocates throughout the Americas will find this guide useful.  Feed-back on the guide is welcome.

Jen Gleason, Staff Attorney