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Independent Accountability Network

The World Bank’s Executive Board established the Inspection Panel in 1993 with an intention of creating a means by which people affected by Bank operations could directly express their concerns and have them addressed. In the years since then other international financial institutions have established similar mechanisms, referred to as Independent Accountability Mechanisms, or IAMs. While IAMs differ in nature and structure, collectively they share a common mission to independently assess people’s complaints and seek a response to their concerns.

The following IAMs are members of the Independent Accountability Mechanisms Network:

African Development Bank (AfDB): Independent Review Mechanism

Asian Development Bank (ADB): Accountability Mechanism 

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB): Project-affected People’s Mechanism

Black Sea Trade and Development (BSTDB): Complaints Mechanism 

Caribbean Development Bank (CDB): Office of Integrity, Compliance and Accountability 

Deutsche Investitions und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG): Independent Complaints Mechanism / Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Onkwikkelindgsladen(FMO): Independent Complaints Mechanism / Groupe Agence Francaise de Developpement (PROPARCO): Independent Complaints Mechanism

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD): Independent Project Accountability Mechanism

European Investment Bank (EIB): Complaints Mechanism

European Ombudsman: European Ombudsman 

French Development Agency (AFD): Environmental and Social Complaints Mechanism 

Green Climate Fund (GCF): Independent Redress Mechanism

Inter-American Development Bank (IADB): Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism

International Finance Corporation & Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (IFC/MIGA): Compliance Advisor Ombudsman

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC): Office of Examiner for Environmental Guidelines

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA): Examiners for the Guidelines

Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI): Objection Procedures on Environmental Guidelines

Nordic Investment Bank (NIB): Integrity & Compliance Office 

US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC): Office of Accountability

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): Social and Environmental Compliance Review and Stakeholder Response Mechanism

World Bank (WB): Inspection Panel