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​Inspection Panel Releases Guidelines to Address Retaliation

The safe access of affected people to the Inspection Panel is a fundamental premise of its accountability function. With this in mind, the Panel on March 30 releasedguidelines to address retaliation aimed at those seeking to work with it. The guidelines will help the Panel to (i) identify and monitor potential risks both to those who request the Panel to investigate World Bank-funded projects and to their representatives; (ii) plan and adopt preventive measures to address and reduce these risks; and (iii) identify appropriate responses if retaliation occurs. The guidelines build upon the Panel’s experience and established practices by other institutions, as well as informal consultations within the Bank, with accountability mechanisms of other organizations, and with relevant civil society organizations. Download and read the guidelineshere.