Panel Participates in 16th Annual Meeting of the IAM Network in Côte d'Ivoire
Inspection Panel Chair Imrana Jalal, Panel Members Jan Mattsson and Ramanie Kunanayagam, Executive Secretary Dilek Barlas and Senior Communications Officer Rob Doherty represented the Panel at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Independent Accountability Mechanisms (IAM) Network on June 24-28, 2019, in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Ms. Jalal was a commentator on a panel titled “The Future of IAMs,” and Mr. Mattsson and Ms. Barlas took part in a session on “Challenges with Implementing Safeguard Policies in FCV Countries.” Mr. Doherty helped lead a workshop on the work of IAMs for approximately 25 African civil society representatives. The annual meeting also covered several other topics, including the main drivers that limit access to the IAMs and how electronic case management systems can help or hinder case processing. Additionally, the Panel team joined other IAM representatives in participating in a roundtable discussion with civil society on the topic of monitoring the outcomes of compliance investigations and dispute-resolution efforts. They also took part in an all-day consultation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on its project aimed at identifying and analyzing the “challenges opportunities, best practices and lessons learned with regard to the use of non-state-based grievance mechanisms to achieve effective remedies in cases of business-related human right abuses.” The Network is comprised of 20 IAMs at international development institutions and is intended to foster collaboration, cooperation and knowledge sharing among its members.