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Inspection Panel, Other IAMs Explain Their Mandates, Operations to Civil Society in Vietnam

Vietnam Outreach

The Inspection Panel on June 2-3, 2021, joined the independent accountability mechanisms (IAMs) of the International Finance Corporation and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to explain their mandates and operations to civil society organizations in Vietnam.

Panel Member Ramanie Kunanayagam and Senior Operations Officer Serge Selwan discussed who can submit a complaint, how to do so, the Panel process once a complaint is submitted, recurrent issues in Panel cases and how the Panel defines a positive outcome. They were joined by Senior Environmental Officer Nicolas Kotschoubey and Senior External Affairs Officer Rob Doherty in answering participants’ questions on topics ranging from whether complaints are made public, the admissibility criteria used in reviewing a complaint, why compliance investigations take a long time and whether projects are suspended or canceled once a complaint is filed.

The virtual workshop was organized with the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO), AIIB’s Project-affected People’s Mechanism (PPM) and the International Accountability Project. CAO and PPM also explained their operations at workshop, and civil society representatives discussed the development portfolio in Vietnam and their previous experience in filing a complaint to an IAM.

The Inspection Panel continues to organize virtual outreach events during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are interested in partnering with the Panel on a virtual event, please email us at