A brief overview of the mechanism and how to file a complaint
This publication focuses on the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) of the African Development Bank (AfDB). The IRM was established by the AfDB in 2004 to address complaints made by any group of two or more people who have been harmed, or who are likely to be harmed, by a project funded by the AfDB group. It was designed to make sure that the AfDB follows its own policies and procedures during the design and implementation of its projects. Complaints may relate to the social and environmental impacts of projects in sectors ranging from transportation, hydropower, agriculture or infrastructure.
The AfDB was established in 1964 as part of the AfDB Group. The bank’s mission is to contribute to the sustainable economic development and social progress of its 54 African member countries and 27 non-African member countries. The Bank’s headquarters are based in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
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