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Panel Continues with Small-Group Virtual Outreach to Civil Society

West Africa Outreach June 2020

The Inspection Panel on June 18, 2020, organized a virtual workshop to inform civil society representatives in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Côte d’Ivoire about its mandate and operations. Panel Chair Imrana Jalal explained the Panel’s role at the World Bank, how communities can submit Requests for Inspection, what happens once they do and the Panel’s efforts to address retaliation against complainants. Ms. Jalal also presented several case studies and fielded questions on a variety of topics, including the Panel’s independence and what happens if a complaint is submitted after a project is closed.

The Panel has recently increased its use of virtual workshops as Panel members and staff continue working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since mid-April, the Panel has participated in several virtual workshops with civil society representatives in Southern Africa, West Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America. The Panel in July will join the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman and the independent accountability mechanism of the Inter-American Development Bank in a virtual workshop for civil society and community representatives in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama.

Please contact the Inspection Panel at if you are interested in taking part in a virtual workshop.
The Panel will resume in-person workshops as the pandemic eases and the World Bank permits mission travel.