Every registered Request is examined to determine whether it meets the admissibility criteria established in the MICI Policy.
A Request must meet the following criteria to be admitted for processing by MICI:
- The Request is filed by two or more persons who believe that they have been or may be affected and who reside in the country where the project is implemented.
- The Request clearly identifies one or more operations of the IDB Group that have been approved.
- The Request describes the harm that could result from potential noncompliance with the operational policies of the IDB Group.
- The Request describes the efforts that the Requesters have made to inform the project team of the IDB Group of the problem and allow it to offer a solution. If they have not contacted the team, the Request should explain why the decision was made not to contact the team.
The eligibility process involves the analysis of the Request considering the eligibility criteria in order to determine whether it is eligible for a MICI process. MICI reviews the project documentation that is pertinent to this stage, and takes account of Management’s considerations with respect to the Request, called Management’s
Response. This provides an opportunity for the IDB Group team responsible for the design, execution, and supervision of the project in question to present its perspective on the allegations made in the Request.
When it presents its Response, the team can also request a temporary suspension (maximum 45 business days) of the eligibility determination process. This suspension is meant to allow the team to make corrections to the operation. The MICI Director is responsible for authorizing the suspension, and to do so she must receive a specific plan of activities and a timeline for their execution from the project team. At the end of the extension period, and prior to reinitiating the eligibility determination process, MICI consults both Parties (project team and Requesters) with respect to the results of the suspension and their perspectives are considered in the analysis of the Request’s admissibility.
During the 21 business days that MICI has to conduct its eligibility analysis, it may visit the project site to see it first-hand and be able to meet with the Requesters, Executing Agency, and other related third parties. At the end of that period, MICI issues a document called the “Eligibility Memorandum,” reporting on the analysis conducted and the reasons for its decision. The decision to admit a Request depends on whether it meets the eligibility criteria established in the MICI Policy. At this point, there is no assessment of the harm alleged or the responsibility of the IDB Group.
The Eligibility Memorandums are public documents available in MICI’s online Registry.