Time: September 27 (Friday), 2013, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Venue: Preston Auditorium, World Bank Main Building, 1818 H St. NW, Washington, DC 20433, USA
The World Bank Inspection Panel hosted a public event in conjunction with the Tenth Annual Meeting of Independent Accountability Mechanisms (IAMs) at International Financial Institutions (IFIs).
This event marked the 20th year since the establishment of the Inspection Panel as an independent accountability mechanism to respond to concerns of people affected by World Bank funded projects. Similar independent accountability mechanisms (IAMs) have subsequently been established in other IFIs across the globe. These mechanisms came together ten years ago and formed an "IAM Network" to foster cooperation and share ideas and best practices in the work of accountability and development.
The event began with opening keynote presentations by Hon. Barney Frank, United States House of Representatives (ret.) and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, and introduced by the Chairperson of the Inspection Panel, Eimi Watanabe. These presentations were followed by a panel discussion featuring experts, activists and senior officials in the fields of development, community rights, and accountability.
It was open to public and targeted at civil society organizations, think tanks and academia focusing on conflict resolution and grievance redress in international development, private sector and trade unions, and staff and the Board of the World Bank and other IFIs based in Washington D.C.