The External Consultative Group (GCE) is made up of eight experts from different nationalities and expertise that provide pro-bono advice to MICI on its operational strengthening process. For the 2017-2019 period MICI’s institutional work will focus on access, learning, effectiveness and transparency.


MICI is committed to fulfilling its accountability mandate in a transparent, effective and credible manner. In that sense, the GCE was created to support MICI’s process of continuous improvement and increase its operational effectiveness. The GCE does not participate in case management.

From its external perspective, the GCE offers advice to MICI so that it can:

  • Improve its strategies to promote access
  • Reinforce its information and interaction schemes with different interlocutors
  • Strengthen its operation through greater transparency and predictability regarding its processes
  • Develop a framework of indicators to guide its process of continuous improvement

MICI selects the GCE members. Every two years, MICI makes an open call for statements of interest. The selections process seeks to generate a multidisciplinary group, considering gender equity, the inclusion of vulnerable group representatives and candidates that can offer perspectives from private, public and social sectors. During this process, applications are evaluated according to the following criteria:


  • Academic or technical experience in the relevant areas of transparency, development finance, organizational strengthening, accountability and/or sustainability
  • Nationals of the IDB Group member countries, with emphasis on the participation of those from Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Knowledge about MICI and the mandate of accountability mechanisms


The eight members of the External Consultative Group for the period 2017-2019 were selected from a pool of 24 candidates from 11 countries in the region. The current GCE is made up of four women and four men. They all have extensive experience in development finance, communication and organizational management. GCE Members contribute in a personal capacity and are not remunerated.

Ana-Mita Betancourt, lawyer, expert in financial structuring, with a long trajectory working for multilateral financial institutions and accountability mechanisms. Read more

Maximiliano Brandt, applied-behavior scientist, expert on indicators for organizational governance and impact assessment. Read more

Juan Carballo, lawyer, expert in accountability and transparency in the field of development finance. Read more

Leonardo Crippa, lawyer, expert in international law and indigenous communities, with experience in the development of policies for indigenous peoples. Read more

Paulina Ibarra, communications specialist, expert in communication for development, transparency, accountability and citizen participation. Read more

Manuel Morales, lawyer, expert in environmental law, civil society network management and advocacy. Read more

Mélanie Salagnat, business manager, expert in corporate social responsibility, and business and social impact assessment. Read more

Ana-Mita Betancourt ( United States of America )
Maximiliano Brandt ( Chile )
Juan Carballo ( Argentina )
Leonardo Crippa ( Argentina )
Paulina Ibarra ( Chile )
Manolo Morales ( Ecuador )
Mélanie Salagnat ( France )
  • MICI convenes GCE meetings twice a year and defines the issues to be addressed during the meeting.
  • MICI sends a proposed agenda to the Members for their review and comments
  • The meetings include the regular participation of the MICI Director and the Coordinators of the Consultation and Compliance Review Phases. Additional MICI staff will participate as necessary.
  • MICI chairs the GCE meeting and drafts a summary note which includes the main issues discussed and agreements reached. The draft summary note is shared with members for their comments.
  • The agenda and summary records are published on the MICI website. The most recent versions of the documents are available in the Document section.
  • MICI is responsible for the implementation of the actions agreed upon during the meetings, and the GCE is informed of the progress.
  • The GCE meetings adhere to the ‘Chatham House ’ rule, according to which individual attributions are not made.