About Us

 

The MICI is the independent accountability mechanism of the IDB Group. It receives and investigates complaints from two or more persons who consider themselves to have been harmed by projects financed by the IDB, MIF, or IIC as a result of their potential non compliance with their relevant operational policies. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that the operations financed by the IDB Group in Latin America and the Caribbean meet the highest standards of social and environmental sustainability.

The MICI reports to the respective Board of Executive Directors of each institution, and operates independently of Management. Its mandate and operation are governed by the MICI-IDB Policy and the MICI-IIC Policy, depending on upon whether the project is financed by the IDB/MIF or the IIC.

Our mandate

The Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (MICI) is the independent accountability body of the IDB Group, created by a mandate of the Board of Governors of the IDB and the IIC in order to improve the Bank’s transparency, accountability, and effectiveness.

The objectives of the MICI are to:

  • Provide a mechanism and process, which is independent of Management, to investigate allegations by complainants of harms in IDB Group-financed projects caused by the IDB Group’s failure to comply with its own Relevant Operational Policies;
  • Provide information to the Board of Executive Directors regarding such investigations; and
  • Be a last-resort mechanism for addressing the concerns of complainants, after reasonable attempts to bring allegations of harm to the attention of Management have been made.

Our mandate and process is regulated by the MICI Policy of each institution:

Institution Who do we report to? Which Policy governs our process? Which operational policies are relevant?
IDB Board of Executive Directors of the IDB MICI-IDB Policy

IDB Operational Policies

MIF Donors Committee of the MIF
IIC Board of Executive Directors of the IIC MICI-IIC Policy

IIC Operational Policies

The complainants must decide when they file their claim, whether they are interested in one or both Phases available in the MICI process for eligible complaints:

  • The Consultation Phase, which provides an opportunity for interested Parties to address the issues raised in the complaint in a voluntary, flexible, and collaborative manner. The MICI acts as a mediator, and the ultimate goal is to help the Parties reach a satisfactory agreement.
  • The Compliance Review Phase, which offers an investigative process related to the issues raised in the complaint to establish whether the IDB Group has failed to comply with any of its Relevant Operational Policies and whether this has caused harm to the complainants. The MICI acts as an investigative body and presents a report on its findings to the Board of Executive Directors in order for it to make a decision about the case.

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INSTITUTIONS WE SERVE

The MICI can receive complaints related to any operation financed by the IDB, the MIF, and/or the IIC, as of the date on which the respective financing is approved and up to 24 months after the final disbursement.

If financing is provided by the IDB or the MIF,

If financing is provided by the IIC,

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OUR STRUCTURE OF GOVERNANCE

The MICI operates independently of IDB Group Management (departments responsible for the design and financing of the project of each institution, including the staff members of each country office), and reports directly to the Boards of Executive Directors of the IDB and the IIC, and to the Donors Committee of the MIF.

The office operates under the leadership of the MICI Director, who is selected by the IDB’s Board of Executive Directors and to whom he/she reports directly. The Director’s duties and powers are established in the MICI-IDB Policy and the terms of reference for the position are annexed to it. While providing services to the IIC, his/her duties and powers are outlined in the MICI-IIC Policy.

MICI governance is structured around its dual phase processes, and the MICI Director is assisted by two Phase Coordinators responsible for managing each process:

  • the Consultation Phase Coordinator
  • the Compliance Review Phase Coordinator

In order to ensure the independence of these three MICI managers from IDB Group Management, there are special employment conditions for these positions: 

  • The MICI Director is appointed by the IDB’s Board of Executive Directors for a period of five years, which may be renewed for one additional five-year period.
  • The Phase Coordinators are appointed by the MICI Director and may serve for up to five years.
  • Any IDB Group staff member wishing to serve in these positions may not work at MICI until three (3) years have elapsed since the end of their employment with the Group.
  • Upon completion of their service to the MICI, persons who have served as MICI Director, Compliance Review Phase Coordinator, or Consultation Phase Coordinator cannot work at the IDB Group in any capacity.

The MICI team also has a number of staff members and consultants with diverse nationalities and areas of expertise, including the specialists on the Roster of Experts, who contribute within their different roles to implement MICI’s mandate in keeping with the principles of impartiality, transparency, efficiency, and credibility.

OUR PEOPLE

MICI ROSTER OF EXPERTS

The MICI has a group of 14 independent experts who were selected through a competitive process and who support the Compliance Review Phase as necessary:

Independent Accountability Mechanisms Network

The MICI is part of an Independent Accountability Mechanisms Network (IAMNet) of other international financial institutions. Participation in the Network allows for the exchange of best practices, the strengthening of relationships with civil society organizations, and collaboration on co-financed projects.  

INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTION

ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM

Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI)

Office of the Examiner for Objection Procedures on Environmental Guidelines

African Development Bank

Independent Review Mechanism (IRM)

German Development Bank (DEG)

Independent Complaint Mechanism (ICM)

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Accountability Mechanism (AM)

Black Sea Trade and Development

Internal Audit Department

Caribbean Development Bank

Project Complaints Mechanism

Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO)

Independent Complaints Mechanism

European Union (EU)

European Ombudsman

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Complaints Mechanism (CM) 

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Project Complaint Mechanism 

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

Office of Examiner for Environmental Guidelines 

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) - World Bank Group

Inspection Panel (IPN) 

Nordic Investment Bank (NIB)

Office of the Chief Compliance Officer

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

Office of Accountability (OA)

International Finance Corporation and Multilateral (IFC) and Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) - World Bank Group

Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO)

Green Climate Fund

Redress Mechanism (IRM)

United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

Social and Environmental Compliance Review and Stakeholder Response Mechanism

Click here for the list of mechanisms and additional information about each one.

OTHER ACCOUNTABILITY-RELATED INSTITUTIONS

Our work connects us to multiple stakeholders in Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, and other continents. Interactions include exchanging information about our activities, holding meetings to debate accountability issues, and co-organizing outreach events. Below is a list of organizations with which the MICI interacts on a regular basis.

Click here for the list of other accountability institutions and additional information about each one.

 If your organization is interested in connecting with the MICI, email us at: mecanismo@iadb.org

MICI’s External Consultative Group

MICI has appointed the eight members of its External Consultative Group (GCE) after a lengthy and extensive selection process. The eight professionals, now founding members of the GCE, were selected due to their deep-seated and broad range of experiences and expertise on accountability issues. See their short bios and photos below:

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