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Emerging Lessons Series No. 6-Insights of the World Bank Inspection Panel: Responding to Project Gender-Based Violence Complaints Through an Independent Accountability Mechanism

The Inspection Panel hosted a virtual discussion on responding to gender-based violence (GBV) complaints related to international development projects on December 9, 2020.

The discussion coincided with the publication of the sixth report in the Panel’s Emerging Lessons Series. The report – titled “Insights of the World Bank Inspection Panel: Responding to Project Gender-Based Violence Complaints Through an Independent Accountability Mechanism” – is based on two Panel investigations involving GBV in World Bank-funded projects in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

The report was released during the “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence” campaign.

HE Michelle Bachelet, Un High Commissioner for Human Rights delivered the opening remarks. The discussion was moderated by Koen Davidse, Executive Director, The World Bank.  The Panelists were Moses Ntenga, Founder and Director, Joy For Children Uganda, Elana Berger, Executive Director, Bank Information Center, Imrana Jalal, Chair, The Inspection Panel, The World Bank, Dubravka Simonovic, Un Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women and Maninder Gill, Global Director, Environmental and Social Framework, The World Bank.

World Bank Accountability Mechanism and Inspection Panel Reforms: Virtual Discussion

The Inspection Panel on October 21, 2020, hosted a virtual discussion about the impact on project-affected communities from the recent changes enacted by the World Bank Board of Executive Directors to create the World Bank Accountability Mechanism and add tools to the Inspection Panel. Juergen Zattler, Executive Director, The World Bank, Imrana Jalal, Chair, The Inspection Panel and Jolie Schwarz, Policy Director, Bank Information Center participated the discussion as Panelists and Dilek Barlas, Executive Secretary, Inspection Panel moderated the session.

Emerging Lessons Series No. 5: Biodiversity Offsets

The Inspection Panel on May 20, 2020, hosted a virtual discussion on the challenges of implementing biodiversity offsets in development. Inspection Panel Chair Imrana Jalal moderated the 90-minute discussion with World Bank Executive Director Anne Kabagambe; International Rivers Policy Director Josh Klemm; George Ledec, who recently retired as lead ecologist at the World Bank; and registered natural scientist Susie Brownlie, who served as an expert consultant on a recent Panel investigation related to the Kalagala Offset Area in Uganda. The discussion coincided with the publication of the latest report in the Inspection Panel’s Emerging Lesson Series that provides insights into the use of biodiversity offsets based on three Panel investigations related to the Kalagala offset.

The discussion coincided with the publication of the fifth report in the Panel’s Emerging Lessons Series. The report provides insights into biodiversity offsets based on Panel investigations related to the Kalagala offset in Uganda. The report is available on the Panel’s website and can be accessed by clicking here.

The World Bank Uganda Transport Sector Development Project: Inspection Panel Investigation on GBV

The World Bank Uganda Transport Sector Development Project: Inspection Panel Investigation - Gender Based Violence.

25th Anniversary Celebration

Video Recording of the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the World Bank Inspection Panel held on November 14, 2018.  Speakers include World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and Albie Sachs, a former judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa and a main architect of the country's constitution.

Emerging Lessons on Consultation, Participation & Disclosure of Information

Inspection Panel Executive Secretary Dilek Barlas explains the five lessons identified in the latest report in the Panel’s Emerging Lessons Series. The report, “Emerging Lessons on Consultation, Participation and Disclosure of Information,” was released on October 10 as part of the World Bank Group-International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings, and can be found on the Panel's website.

Emerging Lessons Series Involuntary Resettlement 12 April 2016

World Bank’s Inspection Panel released a report on involuntary resettlement on 12 April 2016 during the Spring Meetings 2016 of the Bank and Fund. The report is the first in a series of papers to be published by the Panel drawing on the main emerging lessons from its 22-year caseload. The Panel hopes the report will highlight areas in which continued improvements can enhance World Bank's overall approach to resettlement and, in that regard, be useful to both the Bank and the global development community.

Emerging Lessons Series No. 3: Environmental Assessment - World Bank Inspection Panel

Accountability and transparency are critical to upholding the highest standards of international development. The Inspection Panel, the World Bank’s Independent Accountability Mechanism, has embarked on a series of reports intended to identify lessons that have emerged from its caseload since the mid-1990s with the goal of building institutional knowledge, enhancing accountability and contributing to more effective development. The objective of this event is to identify lessons that can be learned from Panel cases involving environmental assessment issues and what those lessons mean as the Bank implements its new Environmental and Social Framework.

Emerging Lessons Series No. 4: Consultation, Participation & Disclosure of Information

Accountability and transparency are critical to upholding the highest standards of international development. The Inspection Panel, the World Bank’s Independent Accountability Mechanism, has embarked on a series of reports intended to identify lessons that have emerged from its caseload since the mid-1990s with the goal of building institutional knowledge, enhancing accountability and contributing to more effective development. The objective of this event is to identify lessons that can be learned from Panel cases involving consultation, participation and disclosure of information issues and what those lessons mean as the Bank implements its new Environmental and Social Framework. This video is the recording of the hour-long session of the panel discussion.

Emerging Lessons Series No.1 : Involuntary Resettlement - World Bank Inspection Panel

Gonzalo Castro de la Mata, Chairman discusses about the report on involuntary resettlement, the first in a series of papers to be published by the Panel drawing on the main emerging lessons from its 22-year caseload. The Panel hopes the report will highlight areas in which continued improvements can enhance the World Bank’s overall approach to resettlement and, in that regard, be useful to both the Bank and the global development community.