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Washington, D.C., November 4, 1994 - Mr. Ernst-Günther Bröder, the Chairman of the independent Inspection Panel for the World Bank registered yesterday a Request for Inspection related to the proposed Arun III Hydroelectric Project in Nepal. This is the first Request to be registered.

 

The Panel has been established to provide people directly and adversely affected by a Bank-financed project with an independent forum through which they ca request the Bank to act in accordance with its own policies and procedures.

 

The Request has been filed by several citizens of Nepal. Two of the Requesters claim that they and their families have already been directly and adversely affected by the project. All Requesters allege violations by IDA of provisions of various Operational Policies and Procedures.
Registration means that the Request appears to fall within the Panel's mandate: it does not imply any judgment by the Panel on the merits of the claims.

 

The next step is for the Management of the Bank to respond to the claims made in the Request no later than December 6, 1994. No later than 21 days after receives this response, the Panel will make a recommendation to the Bank's Board of Executive Directors on whether or not the claims should be investigated. The Executive Directors then decide whether to accept or reject this recommendation.

Copies of the Notice of Registration are available at the Bank's Public Information Center (Tel: (202) 458-5454) and on INTERNET through the World Bank
Public Information Server Gopher, under Inspection Panel.

 

November 04, 1994
  

Contact: Eduardo Abbott (202) 458-2617

November 23, 1994 Washington, DC
- The Inspection Panel yesterday received from the Management of IDA its response to the Request for Inspection filed in relation to the proposed Arun III Hydroelectric Project in Nepal.

In accordance with IDA Resolution 93-6 the Panel within 21 business days will make its recommendation to the IDA Board of the Executive Directors on whether or not the claimed violation of IDA policies and procedures contained in the Request should be investigated.

Copies of this release are available at the World Bank's Public Information Center (Tel: (202) 458-5454) and on INTERNET through the World Bank Public Information Server Gopher, under Inspection Panel.

November 23, 1994
  

Contact: Eduardo Abbott (202) 458-2617 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. February 3, 1995 - The Board of Executive Directors of the International Development Association on February 2, 1995 agreed to an investigation by The Inspection Panel into certain aspects of the proposed Arun III Hydroelectric Project in Nepal.

 

The Board's decision was as follows:
"Resolved to authorize investigation by the Panel of the three areas recommended by it, i.e., whether IDA's policies and procedures have been observed with respect to environmental assessment , indigenous peoples and involuntary resettlement, in terms of (1) the consistency of the determination of the road alignment with Operational Directive 4.01 (Environmental Assessment); (2) the consistency of the treatment of indigenous peoples, if any, with OD 4.20 (Indigenous Peoples), and (3) the consistency of arrangements for compensating seriously affected families for land acquired by Government with OD 4.30 (Involuntary Resettlement).

 

The Panel will take into account information and studies subsequently provided by the Government of Nepal, the Bank and other Co-financiers, as well as any remedial measures agreed by Nepal and the Bank, and taking into account the complexities of the issues involved, will examine whether the requirements of the above-mentioned ODs were observed in substance.

 

The Panel will commence field work only after the Bank receives a decision from the Government of Nepal requesting the Bank's financing of the Project and should, to the extent possible, complete its work within the three month period suggested by the Panel. Management should facilitate the task of the Panel with a view to enabling it to complete its task early."

 

February 23, 1995
  

Contact: Eduardo Abbott (202) 458-2617
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. June 20, 1995. Mr. Ernst-Günther Bröder, Chairman of the independent Inspection Panel, for the World Bank, registered yesterday a Request for Inspection related to the above-mentioned project. This is the third Request to be registered by the Panel.

The Request has been filed by a number of NGO groups from Rondonia, Brazil who claim that their rights/interests have been directly and adversely affected by acts and omissions of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development ("the Bank") in the preparation and initial implementation of the above-referenced project. The Requesters allege that such acts and omissions violate provisions of various Bank Operational Policies and Procedures.

Bank Management will respond to the claims made in the Request no later than July 19, 1995. No later than 21 days after the Panel receives this response, it will make a recommendation to the Bank's Executive Directors on whether or not the claim should be investigated. The Executive Directors will then decide whether or not to accept or reject the Panel's recommendations.

Copies of the Notice of Registration are available at the Bank's Public Information Center (Tel: (202) 458-5454) and on INTERNET through the World Bank Public Information Server Gopher, under Inspection Panel.

June 25, 1995
  

CONTACT: Antonia M. Macedo (202) 458-5006
WASHINGTON, D.C. June 23, 1995. The Inspection Panel completed its investigation and submitted its report to the Executive Directors and the President of IDA on Wednesday June 21, 1995. The Resolution establishing the Panel requires that Management submit a response to the report to the Executive Directors within six weeks. According to the Resolution, the Bank shall make the Panel's report and the Bank's report, publicly available within two weeks after consideration
by the Executive Directors.

 

June 23, 1995
  

CONTACT: Eduardo G. Abbott Telephone: (202) 458-2617
WASHINGTON, D.C. July 25, 1995. The Inspection Panel last week received from the Management of IBRD its response to the Request for Inspection filed in relation to the Rondonia Natural Resources Management Project in Brazil.
In accordance with IBRD Resolution 93-10, the Panel will, on or before August 17, 1995 make its recommendation to the IBRD Board of Executive Directors on whether or not the alleged omissions and failures in the preparation and initial implementation of the above-referenced project claimed in the Request should be investigated.

Copies of this release are available at the Bank's Public Information Center (Tel: (202) 458-5454) and on INTERNET through the World Bank Public Information Server Gopher, under Inspection Panel.

July 25, 1995
  


CONTACT: Eduardo G. Abbott
Telephone: (202) 458-2617

WASHINGTON, D.C. August 25, 1995. The Inspection Panel delivered to Board of Executive Directors of IBRD on August 17, 1995 its report and recommendations on the above-referenced Request for Inspection.

Copies of this release are available at the Bank's Public Information Center (Tel: (202) 458-5454) and on INTERNET through the World Bank Public Information Server Gopher, under Inspection Panel.

August 25, 1995
  

CONTACT: Eduardo G. Abbott
Telephone: (202) 458-2617
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. August 25, 1995. The Inspection Panel delivered to Board of Executive Directors of IDA on August 15, 1995 its report and recommendations on the above-referenced Request for Inspection.
 
Copies of this release are available at the Bank's Public Information Center (Tel: (202) 458-5454) and on INTERNET through the World Bank Public Information Server Gopher, under Inspection Panel. 
 
 

 

August 25, 1995
  

CONTACT: Eduardo G. Abbott
Telephone: (202) 458-2617
 

WASHINGTON, D.C. September 26, 1995. The Inspection Panel decided not to recommend to the Board of Executive Directors of IDA a further investigation of the matters claimed in the above-referenced Request. The Panel made its decision after careful review and consideration of the Request, of the evidence and of other information provided by the Requesters, by Tanzanian Government officials, IDA Management in its Response, and of Panel member Mr. Richard Bissell's report on his visit to Dar es Salaam. The Board of Executive Directors approved the Panel's recommendation on a non objection basis on September 11, 1995.
 
According to paragraph 25 of the Board Resolution that established the Inspection Panel, a copy of this Request together with the Inspection Panel's recommendation thereon, and the Executive Directors' decision in this respect will be made publicly available by the Bank.
 

Copies of this release are available at the Bank's Public Information Center (Tel: (202) 458-5454) and on INTERNET through the World Bank Public Information Server Gopher, under Inspection Panel.

September 26, 1995
  

CONTACT: Eduardo G. Abbott
Telephone: (202) 458-2617
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. January 23, 1996. On December 8, 1995, the Inspection Panel submitted to the Board an "Additional Review" requested by the Executive Directors at their September 12 meeting to further substantiate its recommendation to investigate matters covered by the Request for Inspection. The Latin American and the Caribbean Region of the Bank submitted a "Report on the Status of Implementation" of the project to the Board on December 20, 1995. A Management "Response" to the Panel's "Additional Review" was submitted to the Executive Directors on January 5, 1996. A meeting of the Executive Directors to consider the "Additional Review" and Management "Response" is scheduled to be held on January 25, 1996.
 

Copies of this release are available at the Bank's Public Information Center, telephone: (202) 458-5454) and on INTERNET through the World Bank Public Information Server Gopher, under Inspection Panel 
 

January 23, 1996
  

CONTACT: Eduardo G. Abbott
Telephone: (202) 458-2617

WASHINGTON, D.C. January 25, 1996. The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors today examined a report from the Inspection Panel on its Additional Review of the Request for Inspection, dated June 16, 1995 related to the Brazil Rondonia Natural Resources Management Project and a second report from Bank management on the Project's current status and proposed Action Plan recently agreed upon between Brazil and the World Bank.
The President of the World Bank and Chairman of the Bank's Board, concluded the meeting by thanking the Inspection Panel on behalf of the Executive Directors for providing invaluable insights and thorough assessment of the issues, which allowed staff and Management to critically examine responses to the difficulties faced in the implementation of this complex operation.

The Executive Directors recognized the efforts that have been made by the Government of Brazil and Bank Management and noted that the proposed plan of action aims at addressing the principal issues raised by the Panel in connection with the Request for Inspection.

In light of this action plan and the follow-up now underway, the Executive Directors concluded that it would not be advisable to proceed with the investigation as recommended by the Panel.

However, in view of the complexity of the project and the desire of the Bank to help assure its success, the Executive Directors agreed to review Management's progress in six to nine months and will invite the Inspection Panel to assist in that review.
Copies of this release are available at the Bank's Public Information Center, telephone: (202) 458-5454) and on INTERNET through the World Bank Public Information Server Gopher, under Inspection Panel
 
 

January 25, 1996
  

CONTACT: Antonia M. Macedo
Telephone: (202) 458-5006


WASHINGTON, D.C. August 27, 1996--The independent Inspection Panel for the World Bank yesterday registered a request for an investigation of aspects of the $696 million bridge project to span the Jamuna River in Bangladesh. This is the fourth investigation request to be accepted for processing by the Panel.

The request has been filed by the Jamuna Char Integrated Development Project, an organization representing char people in the project area who claim that their property rights have or may be harmed by the partly Bank-financed project. They allege that policies and procedures of the International Development Association ("IDA") have not been observed.

Under Inspection Panel procedures IDA Management will respond to the claims made in the request no later than September 25, 1996. No later than 21 days after the Inspection Panel receives this response, it will make a recommendation to IDA's Executive Directors on whether or not the request should be investigated. The Executive Directors will then decide whether or not to accept or reject the Panel's recommendation.

The World Bank Executive Directors established the three member independent Inspection Panel over two years ago to hear complaints from groups of private citizens who believe that they have or might suffer harm from a Bank-financed project as a result of its failure to observe policies and procedures.

Copies of the Notice of Registration are available at the Bank's Public Information Center (Tel: (202) 458-5454) and on INTERNET through Inspection Panel, address:
http://www.worldbank.org

August 27, 1996
  
CONTACT: Eduardo G. Abbott
Telephone: (202) 452-5200


WASHINGTON, D.C. September 24, 1996. The Inspection Panel yesterday received from the Management of IDA its response to the Request for Inspection filed in relation to the Jamuna Bridge Project in Bangladesh.

In accordance with IDA Resolution 93-6, the Panel will on or before October 23, 1996 make its recommendation to the IDA Board of Executive Directors on whether or not the alleged omissions and failures in the preparation and initial implementation of the above-referenced project claimed in the Request should be investigated.

Copies of this release are available at the Bank's Public Information Center (Tel: (202) 458-5454) and on INTERNET through Inspection Panel: address: http//www.worldbank.org.

 

September 24, 1996
  

CONTACT: Eduardo G. Abbott
Telephone: (202) 458-5200

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. October 1, 1996--The independent Inspection Panel for the World Bank today registered a request for an investigation into the
Argentina/Paraguay: Yacyretá Hydroelectric Project. This is the fifth investigation request to be accepted for processing by the Panel. The request has been filed by SOBREVIVENCIA - Friends of Earth, Paraguay, an organization representing persons who live in the Project area who claim that
their rights/interests have been directly, materially and adversely affected by the design and execution of the above-referenced project. The Request claims that people living in the project area have been, and may potentially be, directly and adversely affected in their standards of living, health and economic-well being as a result of the filling of the Yacyretá Reservoir and the Bank's omissions and failures in the preparation and implementation of the project. They allege that policies and procedures of the Bank have not been observed.

Under Inspection Panel procedures Bank Management will respond to the claims made in the request no later than October 31, 1996. No later than 21 days after the Inspection Panel receives this response, it will make a recommendation to the Bank's Executive Directors on whether or not the request should be investigated. The Executive Directors will then decide whether or not to accept or reject the Panel's recommendation.

Copies of the Notice of Registration are available at the Bank's Public Information Center (Tel: (202) 458-5454) and on INTERNET through Inspection Panel, address: http://www.worldbank.org.

October 01, 1996
  

CONTACT: Eduardo G. Abbott
Telephone: (202) 458-2617


WASHINGTON, D.C. November 6, 1996. On Friday November 1, 1996 the Inspection Panel received from the Management of IBRD its response to the Request for Inspection filed in relation to the Argentina/Paraguay: Yacyretá Hydroelectric Project on September 30, 1996.

In accordance with IDA Resolution 93-6, the Panel will now conduct a review of the Request for Inspection and Management's Response, and make its
recommendation to the IBRD's Board of Executive Directors on whether or not the alleged omissions and failures in the preparation and initial implementation of the above-referenced project claimed in the Request should be investigated.

Copies of this release are available at the Bank's Public Information Center (Tel: (202) 458-5454) and on INTERNET through Inspection Panel: address:
http//www.worldbank.org.

November 06, 1996
  

CONTACT: Eduardo G. Abbott
Telephone: (202) 458-5200

WASHINGTON, D.C. November 25, 1996
. The independent Inspection Panel for the World Bank today registered a request for inspection from a group of citizens of Bangladesh who state that they are shareholders/CEOs of private sector jute mills. The Requesters claim that their rights/interests have been adversely affected by acts and omissions of the International Development Association. This is the sixth investigation request to be accepted for processing by the Panel.

Under Inspection Panel procedures IDA Management will respond to the claims made in the request no later than December 27, 1996. No later than 21 days after the Inspection Panel receives this response, it will make a recommendation to IDA's Executive Directors on whether or not the request should be investigated. The Executive Directors will then decide whether or not to accept or reject the Panel's recommendation.

Copies of the Notice of Registration are available at the Bank's Public Information Center (Tel: (202) 458-5454) and on INTERNET through Inspection Panel, address:
http://www.worldbank.org.

November 25, 1996
  

CONTACT: Eduardo G. Abbott
Telephone: (202) 458-2617

WASHINGTON, D.C. November 26, 1996. The Inspection Panel today delivered to the Board of Executive Directors of IDA its report and recommendations on the above-referenced Request for Inspection.

Copies of this release are available at the Bank's Public Information Center (Tel: (202) 458-5454) and on INTERNET through Inspection Panel: address:
http//www.worldbank.org.

November 26, 1996
  

CONTACT: Eduardo G. Abbott
Telephone: (202) 458-5200
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. March 19, 1997--The independent Inspection Panel for the World Bank today registered a request for an investigation into the Itaparica Resettlement and Irrigation Project in Brazil. This is the seventh investigation request to be accepted for processing by the Panel.

The request has been filed by 121 individuals and an organization called Pólo Sindical do Submédio São Francisco representing people who live in the Project area who claim that their rights/interests have been directly, materially and adversely affected by the design and execution of the above-referenced project. The Request claims that the standards of living, health and economic-well being of people living in the project area have been directly and adversely affected as a result of construction of the Itaparica Hydroelectric dam-located on the São Francisco River, at the border of the Bahía and Pernambuco states-the faulty execution of the above-referenced project, and the Bank's omissions and failures in the preparation and
implementation of the project. Specifically they claim, inter alia, that after ten years of involuntary resettlement of the project area population (a) only 35% of the project's six irrigation systems have been completed, 34% are under construction and 31% are still in the design phase; (b) the Tuxá indigenous community has been resettled in the Municipality of Rodelas but are unable to grow crops, since the irrigation system promised is still under design; (c) several of the irrigation systems already constructed have serious operational and maintenance problems; (d) the delays in the installation and commissioning of the irrigation projects have contributed to an increase of violence in the resettled communities, to alcoholism and family
breakdown; (e) there is an evident deterioration-because of the poor quality of the materials utilized in construction-of some of the project's 110 agricultural settlements (Agrovilas) which include health and education infrastructure; and (f) in general, a significant proportion of the about 40,000 beneficiaries (six thousand families) are in worse social and economic conditions than before the construction of the Itaparica dam. They allege that policies and procedures of the Bank have not been observed.

Under Inspection Panel procedures Bank Management will respond to the claims made in the request no later than April 17, 1997. After the Inspection Panel receives this response, it will make a recommendation to the Bank's Executive Directors on whether or not the request should be investigated. The Executive Directors will then decide whether or not to accept or reject the Panel's recommendation.

Copies of the Notice of Registration are available at the Bank's Public Information Center

(Tel: (202) 458-5454) and on INTERNET through Inspection Panel, address: http://www.worldbank.org.

March 19, 1997
  

CONTACT: Eduardo Abbott
Telephone: (202) 458-5006


Independent Panel says investigation unwarranted

WASHINGTON, APRIL 8, 1997 The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors accepted on April 1 the Inspection Panel's recommendation that an
investigation into the Bangladesh Jute Sector Adjustment Credit (JSAC) was not warranted.

A group of private sector jute mill operators in Bangladesh requested an investigation of the effects of project implementation on the private sector. They claim that the project, designed to promote a healthy private sector, has instead resulted in financial damage and closure of some private jute mills.

In its review of the claims the Panel Report cites problems in project design, slow implementation, and political instability which have delayed privatization of public sector mills and resulted in adverse impacts on private sector mills.

An adjustment credit of US$247 million equivalent from the International Development Association (IDA)-the Bank's concessionary lending affiliate-was approved in 1994 to support the Government of Bangladesh in carrying out its reform program in the jute sector.

IDA Management informed the Board that an upcoming supervision mission will evaluate the Government's progress in achieving privatization of jute mills. If such evaluation concludes that the progress achieved in respect of this or any other component of the reform program is not substantial, the closing date of the project in June 1997 will not be extended. If the evaluation concludes that the progress achieved justifies a further extension of the closing date, the extension would only be granted against a tight schedule for completing the reform program.

In its report to the Board, the Panel recommended that based on experiences of JSAC during the past three years, emerging political forces, and earlier lessons pointed out by the Bank's Operations and Evaluation Department, an extension of the closing date of the credit without revisiting the basic design concepts with the government and Requesters may not be an adequate solution. "Close supervision during this extension with regard to financial discipline might at least meet some of the Requesters' concerns. The closing of the program without a new approach in place, however, would presumably meet none of their expectations from the reform program," the Panel report stated.

In this context, the Panel recommended to the Board that an investigation into violations of IDA policies and procedures alleged in the Request would serve no useful purpose. The Board accepted the Panel recommendation on a no objection basis.

About the Inspection Panel

The independent Inspection Panel was established by the Executive Directors in September 1993 to help ensure that Bank operations adhere to the
institution's policies and procedures. Its establishment now enables any group of individuals-who consider they may or might be harmed by
Bank-supported projects-to ask the Panel to investigate their complaints that the Bank has failed to abide by its policies and procedures.

Detailed guidance for filing requests is provided in the Panel's Operating Procedures. These are available from the Panel's office in Washington, DC, the
Bank's Bookstore, and the Public Information Center in Washington, DC, the Bank's offices in London, Paris, and Tokyo, field offices, and on Internet (
http://www.worldbank.org/html/ins-panel/INS-PANEL.html).

April 08, 1997
  

CONTACT: Eduardo Abbott
Telephone: (202) 458-5006
Independent Panel says investigation unwarranted

WASHINGTON, April 8, 1997 The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors on April 3 accepted the Inspection Panel's recommendation that an investigation into the Bangladesh Jamuna Bridge Project was not warranted at this time.

A local NGO, the Jamuna Char Integrated Development Project, requested an investigation of the harmful effects of the project on the livelihood and islands where its members, char dwellers, live.

In reviewing the claims of the char dwellers, the Inspection Panel found that the 1993 Revised Resettlement Action Plan did not specifically identify and incorporate char people in the Jamuna River. The Panel believes the 1996 Erosion and Flood Policy-finally issued on September 7, 1996 after the request was filed-could constitute an adequate and enforceable basis for IDA to meet the char dwellers' concerns and to comply with its policies and procedures. Full and informed participation of the char dwellers would be needed to ensure its success.

In view of this the Panel concluded that an investigation of the matters alleged in the Request is not warranted at this time. The Board-after a full discussion of the Panel's recommendation and Management's updated report presented at the meeting-decided to accept the Panel's recommendation. Management was asked to submit a progress report in April 1998 on execution of the measures to compensate the char dwellers and the Panel will be invited to give its comments.

Under IDA policies adopted in the late 1980s, a project must include measures to mitigate adverse effects on people involuntarily displaced or whose livelihood and environment is affected. Such measures were included in the Jamuna Bridge Project's Revised Resettlement Action Plan adopted in October 1993 which included detailed measures for then already identified affected persons and a general provision for people who may be affected but were not yet identified, including those who could be identified only after the area where the bridge was to be located was finally determined in 1995.

To mitigate adverse environmental effects, an Environmental Action Plan was prepared in January 1995. Both plans were later supplemented by an Erosion and Flood Policy adopted by the Government in September 1996.

About the Jamuna Bridge project

The Jamuna Bridge Project is the largest infrastructure project in Bangladesh. Construction of the bridge over the Jamuna River will provide the first key link between the eastern and western parts of the country. Cross-river transport of passengers, freight, and transmission of power will facilitate economic growth. A US$200 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA), the Bank's concessionary lending affiliate, to the Government of Bangladesh for the project was approved in 1994. The Asian Development Bank and Japan's OECF are also providing US$200 million each for the project.

The project is highly complex, and exemplifies efforts to overcome administrative, financial, engineering, technical, humanitarian, and ecological problems through cooperation between the Government of Bangladesh and experienced international cofinanciers and technical experts. The project is further complicated by erosion and flooding caused by shifting movements of the Jamuna River; and some 75 mid-channel islands known as chars with more than 70,000 inhabitants in the possible technical area of project impact.

About the Inspection Panel

The independent Inspection Panel was established by the Executive Directors in September 1993 to help ensure that Bank operations adhere to the
institution's policies and procedures. Its establishment now enables any group of individuals-who consider they may or might be harmed by
Bank-supported projects-to ask the Panel to investigate their complaints that the Bank has failed to abide by its policies and procedures.

Detailed guidance for filing requests is provided in the Panel's Operating Procedures. These are available from the Panel's office in Washington, DC, the
Bank's Bookstore, and the Public Information Center in Washington, DC, the Bank's offices in London, Paris, and Tokyo, field offices, and on Internet (
http://www.worldbank.org/html/ins-panel/INS-PANEL.html).

Copies of the Inspection Panel Report are available from the World Bank's Public Information Centers.
In Washington contact:

World Bank Public Information Center
1818 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20433; tel.: (202) 458-5454; fax: (202) 522-1500

In Dhaka contact:
World Bank Public Information Center
G.P.O. 97, Dhaka 1000, Banglades; tel: (880-2) 861056-68; fax: (880-2) 863220

April 08, 1997
  

CONTACT: Eduardo Abbott
Telephone: (202) 458-5200


WASHINGTON, April 10, 1997 -- The World Bank today released the report of the independent Inspection Panel to the Board of Executive Directors on PLANAFLORO, a controversial natural resource management project in Brazil's Rondonia state financed with a US$167 million loan from the World Bank approved in 1992. The Board reviewed the Panel's report on April 3, and accepted its findings in full.

The project was intended to improve natural resources management and conservation in an Amazonian state that had experienced severe environmental damage, particularly through deforestation, during large-scale inward migration in the 1970s and 1980s. The project sought to introduce zoning that would distinguish between areas capable of sustaining economic activity from those requiring special protection due to ecological fragility or the presence of Amerindian indigenous peoples.

Delays in zoning and in financing protection of designated areas caused leading local NGOs and their international partners to request an inspection by the Inspection Panel in 1995. The Board recently asked the Panel to review the extent of progress during the last 18 months on a Plan of Action undertaken by World Bank management in reponse to the request.

The Panel's report recognizes the difficulties of carrying out such an ambitious, complex project in the frontier areas of the Amazon. The findings recognize progress during the last year in the supervision and administration of the project, particularly those resulting from the shift of Bank oversight to field offices in Brazil. The report notes that, after a delayed start of the project, "with Bank assistance significant improvements have taken place in PLANAFLORO administration at the technical and accounting as well as the managerial level."

It notes, however, that deforestation has continued at high historical levels, nearly 450,000 hectares per year, and recommends ongoing monitoring and control of land clearing as a priority for the project. The report notes the continuation of illegal timber cutting and settlement in protected areas, and urges effective enforcement action against this infringement of defined borders. It also finds little progress in implementing a sustainable health plan for indigenous people. Despite these problems, the review noted that the local people affected by the project consider its continuation preferable to ending World Bank involvement.

The independent Inspection Panel was established by the World Bank's Executive Directors in September 1993 to help ensure that the Bank's operations adhere to the institution's operational policies and procedures. Any group of individuals who may be directly and adversely affected by a Bank-supported project can request the Panel to investigate complaints that the Bank has failed to abide by its policies and procedures.
April 10, 1997
  

CONTACT: Eduardo G. Abbott
Telephone: (202) 458-5200


WASHINGTON, May 7, 1997--The independent Inspection Panel for the World Bank On May 2, 1997, registered a request for an investigation into the World Bank NTPC Power Generation project in India. The request was filed by residents of Singrauli, India, represented by Ms. Madhu Kohli, who live in the project area and who claim that they have been directly, materially and adversely affected by acts and omissions of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "Bank"). The Request claims that the people living in the project area have been, and may potentially be, directly and adversely affected as a result of the execution of the NTPC Power Generation Project-located in the Singrauli region of
India about 1000 Km away from Delhi-and the Bank's omissions and failures in the preparation and implementation of the project.

Under Inspection Panel procedures Bank Management will respond to the claims made in the request no later than June 3, 1997. After the Inspection Panel receives this response, it will make a recommendation to the Bank's Executive Directors on whether or not the request should be investigated. The Executive Directors will then decide whether or not to accept or reject the Panel's recommendation.

Copies of the Notice of Registration are available at the Bank's Public Information Center (Tel: (202) 458-5454) and on INTERNET through Inspection Panel, address http://www.worldbank.org.
May 07, 1997
  

CONTACT: Eduardo G. Abbott
Telephone: (202) 458-2617

Washington, August 1, 1997-The independent Inspection Panel of the World Bank today announced the election of its new Chairman, Mr. Alvaro Umaña Quesada. He replaces Mr. Richard E. Bissell, who served as Chairman during the past year and has concluded his non-renewable three year term as a member of the Inspection Panel. The other members of the Inspection Panel are Messrs. Ernst-Günther Bröder, and Jim MacNeill--whose appointment by the Executive Directors is effective today.

The Inspection Panel--an unprecedented international body--was created in 1993 to provide an independent forum to private citizens who believe they or their interests have been or could be harmed by a project financed by the World Bank. Such groups of project affected people may now present their concerns in a Request for Inspection to the Panel. Since it began operations in September 1994, the Panel has received ten formal Requests for Inspection.

Dr. Umaña has had a diverse career in academia, public service and international organizations. He is presently on leave from INCAE, Latin America's leading business school. Dr. Umaña is also a Board member of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Stockholm Environment Institute and the World Resources Institute.

As Costa Rica's first Minister of Natural Resources from l986-1990, Dr. Umaña was one of the pioneers of the debt-for-nature swaps. Under President Arias' Administration, he orchestrated the conversion of $95 million of commercial debt into environmental protection funds. For these efforts in 1988, he was awarded both the President's Public Service Award by the Natural Conservancy and the Special Achievement Award of the National Wildlife Federation.

Dr. Umaña holds a Bachelor of Science in physics with Honors and a Master Degree in Environmental Pollution Control from Penn State University. He also holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and a Masters Degree in Economics from Stanford University. In 1989, he was declared a Distinguished Alumnus by the School of Engineering of Stanford University and was Shimizu Visiting Professor of Civil Engineering in 1994.

After leaving Government, with support from the MacArthur and Ford Foundations, Dr. Umaña launched a Masters Program in Natural Resources Management (MARN) at INCAE. This unique program, which emphasizes sustainability within a business context, was launched at the Rio Summit and already has 70 graduates from 15 countries. Dr. Umaña is also President of the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress and the Center for Environmental Study. He has been Vice President of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and Member of the Executive Board of UNESCO.

Dr. Umaña has published numerous articles on the fields of energy and ecological economics, conservation and sustainable management of natural resources. He is also an author of several books, including "Energy for Development" (1981), "The Heritage of our Natural Resources" (1990) and "Financing Sustainable Development" (1996).

Dr. Umaña has been the Costa Rican Representative to the Climate Change Convention and has advised the Costa Rican Government on joint implementation and development of carbon markets. He is also personally involved in conservation having established a private reserve adjacent to Braulio Carrillo National Park, where he grows butterflies and promotes environmental education with local schools.

For more information on the Inspection Panel, please visit our website: http://www.worldbank.org (search "Inspection Panel") or call the World Bank Public Information Center (202) 458-5454

August 01, 1997
  

CONTACT: Eduardo G. Abbott
Telephone: (202) 458-2617

Washington, August 1, 1997 - Mr. Jim MacNeill, a Canadian national, was today appointed by the World Bank Executive Directors for a five year term as a member of the independent Inspection Panel. He replaces Mr. Richard E. Bissell, who has concluded his non-renewable three year term. The other members of the Inspection Panel are Messrs. Ernst-Günther Bröder, and Alvaro Umaña Quesada- who effective today is the Chairman for the forthcoming year.

The Inspection Panel--an unprecedented international body--was created in 1993 to provide an independent forum to private citizens who believe they or their interests have been or could be harmed by a project financed by the World Bank. Such groups of project affected people may now present their concerns in a Request for Inspection to the Panel. Since it began operations in September 1994, the Panel has received ten formal Requests for Inspection.

Mr. MacNeill is a policy advisor on the environment, energy, management, and sustainable development to international organizations, governments, and industry. He is member of the boards of the Woods Hole Research Center, the Wuppertal Institute on Climate and Energy Policy, the Environmental Education and Training Institute of North America, and Ontario Hydro. He was Secretary General of the World Commission on the Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission) and a major author of the Commission's world-acclaimed report, "Our Common Future". He served for seven years as Director of Environment for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Earlier, he was a deputy minister in the Government of Canada. Mr. MacNeill holds a graduate diploma in Economics and Political Science from the University of Stockholm and Bachelor's Degrees in Science (Math and Physics) and Mechanical Engineering from Saskatchewan.

For more information on the Inspection Panel, please visit our website: http://www.worldbank.org (search "Inspection Panel") or call the World Bank Public Information Center (202) 458-5454.

 

August 01, 1997
  

WASHINGTON, D.C. September 7, 1994 - The independent Inspection Panel today officially opened its office in Washington D.C. The Panel, which was established by the Executive Directors of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Development Association (the "Bank") will receive and investigate complaints from parties who believe that Bank-financed projects may materially harm their rights and interests because the Bank has not followed its own policies and procedures.

A complaint may be made by filing a Request for Inspection. A Request can only be filed by a group of people who believe they have been adversely affected by a failure of the Bank to follow its own rules and procedures during the design or appraisal or implementation of a Bank-financed project. An Executive Director may also file a Request. Before filing a request those adversely affected must establish that they have already tried to resolve the problem with the Bank and explain why they are not satisfied with the solutions proposed by Bank management. The Panel has adopted and published today, Operating Procedures to provide guidance on how to file a Request and to explain how the Request will be processed.

The Panel has three members appointed by the Executive Directors on the basis of their professional qualifications and independence from Bank operations as well as their knowledge and experience in the development field. The first Chairman of the Panel, Mr. Ernst-Günther Bröder has taken up his duties full-time. The two part-time Panel members, Messrs. Richard E. Bissell and Alvaro Umaña Quesada are linked to the office by rapid communications systems.

The President of the Bank in consultation with the Executive Directors has appointed Mr. Eduardo G. Abbott, a lawyer, to serve as Executive Secretary. In consultation with the Chairman, the Executive Secretary has selected one Acting Assistant and two support staff to assist in the establishment and initial operation of the Secretariat.

September 07, 1994
  

Contact: Eduardo Abbott (202) 458-2617


WASHINGTON, September 10, 1997
-The World Bank's Board of Directors yesterday agreed that the Bank should supervise the implementation of an Action Plan proposed by the Government of Brazil which completes and extends the benefits of the Itaparica Resettlement and Irrigation Project. The project, partly supported by $232 million in World Bank financing, seeks to benefit people relocated as a result of construction of the Itaparica Hydroelectric dam (not financed by the World Bank) on the São Francisco River, at the border between Brazil's Bahia and Pernambuco states. The government's Action Plan requires the disbursement of an additional $290 million in government funds for purposes of the Project.

On March 19, 1997 a group of 121 individuals and the organization Pólo Sindical do Submédio São Francisco had filed a Request for Inspection of the Itaparica Resettlement and Irrigation Project by the independent Inspection Panel. They claimed that standards of living, health and economic-well being of people living in the project area had been adversely affected by delays in completion of the project. The Government of Brazil's Action Plan, based on the work of an inter-ministerial working group, would ensure completion of works providing productive infrastructure and technical assistance to resettlers. In reaching its decision, the Board took into account the Panel's recommendation that an investigation take place. It also noted an ongoing multi-country study by the World Bank's Operations Evaluation Department which includes the Itaparica project as one of its cases.

In his concluding remarks the Chairman thanked the Inspection Panel for its work. He concluded that, although a slight majority did not favor authorizing an investigation, the Executive Directors agreed that the Bank should help supervise the implementation of the Action Plan, as requested by the Government of Brazil. It was also agreed that the Board review progress in this regard in 12 months and invite the Inspection Panel to assist in that review, taking into account the findings of the ongoing OED study of the project when available.

About the Inspection Panel

The independent Inspection Panel was established by the Executive Directors in September 1993 to help ensure that Bank operations adhere to the institution's policies and procedures. Its establishment now enables any group of individuals-who consider they may or might be harmed by Bank-supported projects-to ask the Panel to investigate their complaints that the Bank has failed to abide by its policies and procedures.

Detailed guidance for filing requests is provided in the Panel's Operating Procedures. These are available from the Panel's office in Washington, DC, the Bank's Bookstore, and the Public Information Center in Washington, DC, the Bank's offices in London, Paris, and Tokyo, field offices, and on Internet
(
http://www.worldbank.org/html/ins-panel/INS-PANEL.html).

Copies of the Inspection Panel Report are available from the World Bank's Public Information Centers.

In Washington contact:

World Bank Public Information Center
1818 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20433
tel: (202) 458-5454; fax: (202) 522-1500

Copies of the Notice of Registration are available at the Bank's Public Information Center (Tel: (202) 458-5454) and on INTERNET through Inspection Panel, address:
http://www.worldbank.org

September 07, 1997
  

Contact: Antonia M. Macedo: (202) 458-2597
Email: amacedo@worldbank.org

WASHINGTON, October 23, 1997-The Chairman of the independent Inspection Panel yesterday announced Mr. Ernst-Günther Bröder as lead Inspector and the Panel's agreed initial work plan for the limited investigation into the Bank's policy violations in the design and supervision of implementation of the NTPC Thermal Power Generation Project in Singrauli, India.

The World Bank's Board of Directors on September 11, 1997 agreed that in light of the conclusions and recommendation by the Panel, bearing in mind the preliminary review already undertaken by the Panel, an investigation should be conducted at the Bank's Headquarters in Washington to further determine the extent to which the Bank adhered to its own policies and procedures under the project.

Within the restrictions of this Board decision, the Panel's initial work plan shall further analyze its findings set out in its July 24, 1997 "Report and Recommendation to the Executive Directors." This will include:

a review of relevant material in Washington to further determine to what extent the Bank has failed to comply with policies and procedures on:
  • Involuntary Resettlement (OD 4.30) which Management claims to have complied with "substantially".
  • Environmental Assessment (OD. 4.01) which Management claims to have complied with "partially".
  • Indigenous Peoples (OD 4.20) which Management claims to have complied with "fully."
  • Participation of and consultation with affected people in relation to the above.
  • Bank Supervision (OD 13.05) which Management claims to have complied with "substantially"
  • a review of those September 2, 1997 updated corrective actions proposed by Management, which respond to the Panel's findings in its Report and Recommendation of July 24, 1997.

The Panel will deliver a report on this investigation in December.

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The project, partly supported by a World Bank loan of US$400 million included measures to relocate people displaced and environmental management according to tough World Bank policy standards.

On April 25, 1997 a group of people living in the project area had filed a Request for Inspection claiming that they had suffered harm because they had not been resettled in accordance with Bank policies. Bank management acknowledged that adherence to its policies on involuntary resettlement, environmental assessment and project supervision had been incomplete. In its preliminary review of the situation the Panel found evidence on the ground of harm and concluded that it appeared to result from the Bank's shortcomings. The Panel on July 24, 1997 recommended that the World Bank Board authorized an investigation. Before the Board met to make its decision the Bank Management on September 2, 1997 presented to the Board an Updated Action Plan to correct the problems raised in the Panel's Report and Recommendation.

Copies of the Inspection Panel's Report and Recommendation on the Request for Inspection on the NTPC Thermal Power Generation Project in Singrauli, India are available from the World Bank's Public Information Centers and from the World Bank Office in New Delhi. About the Inspection Panel
The independent Inspection Panel was established by the Executive Directors in September 1993 to help ensure that Bank itself adhered to its own operational policies and procedures. Its establishment enables any group of individuals-who consider they may or might be harmed by Bank-supported projects-to ask the Panel to investigate their complaints that the Bank has failed to abide by its policies and procedures.

Detailed guidance for filing requests is provided in the Panel's Operating Procedures. These are available from the Panel's office in Washington, DC, the Bank's Bookstore, and the Public Information Center in Washington, DC, the Bank's offices in London, Paris, and Tokyo, field offices, and on Internet (http://www.worldbank.org/html/ins-panel/INS-PANEL.html).


In Washington contact:

World Bank Public Information Center
1818 H Street, NW , Washington, DC 20433
tel: (202) 458-5454; fax: (202) 522-1500

October 23, 1997
  

CONTACT: Eduardo G. Abbott (202)458-5200

Washington July 28, 1998—Prof. Edward S. Ayensu, a Ghanaian national, was appointed by the World Bank Executive Directors for a five year term as a member of the independent Inspection Panel. He replaces Mr. Alvaro Umaña Quesada, who concludes his four year term on July 31, 1998. The other members of the Inspection Panel are Messrs. Ernst-Günther Bröder, and Jim MacNeill.

Professor Edward S. Ayensu is President of the Pan-African Union for Science and Technology and an international development advisor. He held many important positions during his 20 years at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He is Executive Chairman of Edward S. Ayensu Associates Ltd. – Science, Technology and Economic Consultants and Executive Chairman of Advanced Gracewell Communications Co. Ltd. and the founding Chairman of the African Biosciences Network. He is Chairman of the Ghana National Biodiversity Committee. He is also a member of the International Advisory Council on Global Scientific Communications, UNESCO and member of the Board of Directors and International Vice Chairman of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). In addition, he has held various posts in other international scientific and technical organizations. For nearly two years he was the Senior Advisor to the President and the Director for Central Projects Department at the African Development Bank. He was formerly the Vice-Chairman, and advisor to the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility – a multi-billion dollar fund administered by the World Bank, UNDP, and UNEP. He is a former member of the Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme Consultative Group which is administered by the World Bank and UNDP, and of the Senior Advisory Council of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). Prof. Ayensu obtained his doctorate degree from the University of London.

The Inspection Panel is an independent entity established by the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors in 1993 to help ensure that Bank operations adhere to the institution's operational policies and procedures. A Request for Inspection may be filed by any group of individuals who believe that their rights or interests have been or may be directly and adversely affected by a Bank-supported project. Any such group can request that the Inspection Panel investigates their complaints that the Bank failed to abide by its policies and procedures in the project's design, appraisal, and/or implementation. Panel recommendations for an investigation are subject to approval by the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors. Since it began operations in September 1994, the Panel has received thirteen formal requests.

For more information on the Inspection Panel, please visit our website:
http://www.worldbank.org (search "Inspection Panel") or call the World Bank Public Information Center (202) 458-5454

 

July 28, 1998
  

CONTACT: Eduardo G. Abbott (202)458-5200

Washington, D.C. July 31, 1998
. The members of the Inspection Panel unanimously elected Mr. Ernst-Günther Bröder to serve as Chairman of the Inspection Panel ("Panel") for a year beginning August 1, 1998. Mr. Bröder replaces Mr. Alvaro Umaña Quesada, who served as Chairman of the Panel from August 1, 1997 to July 31, 1998.

Under the terms of the Resolution that established the Panel, Mr. Bröder served as the Panel's first Chairperson. Mr. Bröder is the former President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), Luxembourg from 1984 to 1993, where he also served as a director from 1980 to 1984. He held several supervisory and consultative functions in international banks and other institutions. Mr. Bröder was a Governor of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London from 1991 1993, and a member of the special advisory group for the Asian Development Bank, Manila from 1981 to1982. He is a member of the Panel of Conciliators for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, Washington, D.C. He started his professional career in the Managing Board's staff of the Bayer Corporation from 1956 to1961 and served in the Technical Operations Department's Industry Division of the World Bank from 1961 to 1964. Before being appointed President of the EIB he served from 1964 to1984 in the Kreditantstalt für Wiederaufbau in Frankfurt, where he was a member of the Managing Board from 1975 to1984 and its spokesman since 1980. He has written and co-authored several books and articles on financial and economic subjects. Mr. Bröder holds a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Freiburg, and studied political and natural sciences at the Universities of Cologne, Mainz, and Paris.

For more information on the Inspection Panel, please visit our website: http://www.worldbank.org (search "Inspection Panel") or call the World Bank InfoShop (202) 458-5454.

 

July 31, 1998
  

CONTACT: Eduardo G. Abbott (202)458-5200

WASHINGTON, December 22, 1998 - The World Bank's Board of Directors on the December 10, 1998, reviewed the Inspection Panel's report on the Request for Inspection for the India Ecodevelopment Project. The Panel's report was prepared in response to a request filed by a group representing some of the local inhabitants of Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Nagarahole, Karnataka State, India, who alleged that Bank Management had failed to comply with the Bank's policies and guidelines with respect to indigenous peoples and involuntary resettlement.

The project has the twin aims of supporting management of protected areas of significant global diversity, and protecting local people living in and around the areas. Tribal development concerns are central to the project. The Request from tribal people at one of the seven sites—Rajiv Ghandi (Nagarahole) National Park in Karnataka--claimed that no specific indigenous peoples plan had been prepared with the informed participation of affected indigenous/tribal groups. They fear that they will not have the choice of remaining in their forest habitats which are their socio-cultural life base.

The World Bank's Board agreed that the Panel's findings must be addressed, and it instructed Management to work with government officials at the state and federal levels on measures to address them, and to report back to the Board in about six months. In preparing its report, Management will conduct further consultations with local people as envisaged by the project. Management was also asked to keep the Panel informed. It was agreed that the Panel would separately give its comments on Management's report to the Board.

Given an effective and comprehensive preliminary assessment by the Panel, helpful clarifications received from the Government of Karnataka, and Management's commitment to a responsive follow-up, the Board decided, and the Panel agreed, that no investigation was necessary at this time.

In his concluding remarks, the Chairman thanked the Inspection Panel for its very effective, quick, and constructive work on the case.

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http://www.worldbank.org (search "Inspection Panel") or call the World Bank Public Information Center (202) 458-5454

December 22, 1998
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