More accountability, more sustainability

In 2010, the IDB Group reinforced its accountability with the creation of MICI, a new independent mechanism that replaced the first investigation mechanism created in 1994. The new Mechanism:

  • Added the dispute resolution function (Consultation Phase) 

  • Improved its transparency and accessibility to address the concerns of local communities. 

  • Reinforced its independence by reporting directly to the Executive Board.

2010-2020: 10 years of MICI

In 2020, MICI is presenting the results of these first 10 years of work in all the areas of our mandate. Main commemoration activities: 

  • February 26th and 27th: MICI Forum “Accountability, Conflict and Mediation”.
    Launch of the II American Congress on Mediation, Negotiation and Arbitration. 

  • Workshops with Civil Society in the region through the year. 

  • September 2020: XVII Annual Meeting of Accountability Mechanisms, Washington D.C.

How do COVID-19 measures impact MICI?

The IDB Group has suspended all international travel and all its employees are working remotely from Monday, March 16th, until further notice.

All of our complainants, friends, stakeholders, and colleagues must know that the MICI team is actively working, but given the restrictions on travel and face-to-face contacts, certain adverse impacts can be expected both in complaints management as well as access promotion activities.

Read more about the specific details of what to expect while the preventive measures are in place.

What is MICI?

The Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (MICI) addresses the complaints from communities harmed by projects funded by any of the institutions that make up the Inter-American Development Bank Group related to non-compliance with the Group's social and environmental standards. 




MICI strengthens its virtual meetings to manage complaints during the Covid-19 pandemic

Since the introduction of telework for all IDB Group employees, field missions have been postponed until the necessary conditions are met, without in any case implying a suspension of the management of ongoing complaints or paralysis of the processes. On the contrary, in the last two months dozens of virtual meetings have been held with the different interlocutors of each complaint, using multiple channels and platforms based on particular situations.


On March 20, 2020, the MICI Director determined that the Request is eligible as it does meet the eligibility criteria established in the MICI Policy. For more information, access the registry file.

MICI-BID-AR-2019-0150 - Railroad Gral Roca Improvement Program - Constitución - La Plata Line - COMPLAINT MANAGEMENT CONCLUDED

On March 17, 2020, MICI concluded the management of the complaint related to the project 'Railroad Gral Roca Improvement Program - Constitución - La Plata Line' (AR-L1158) in Argentina, in response to the decision of the Complainants to end the processing of the complaint. Despite having carried out a first round of structured dialogue with the Parties, the Requesters decided to withdraw from the dialogue, considering that there was no scope for negotiation. They also requested that their complaint was not considered for a possible Compliance Review process, thereby ending the processing of the complaint before MICI. For more information, access the registry file.


MICI meets virtually with civil organizations in the region to inform and promote access

MICI’s regular access promotion activities have moved into the virtual environment in the last two months since the declaration of the coronavirus pandemic. Among others, the Mechanism has organized three meetings with civil society organizations in the region and participates, throughout the month of May, in four sessions of the first seminar on accountability organized by the CERALC Project.

MICI takes measures to ensure the continuity of case management during the global COVID-19 pandemic

The IDB Group, based on the recommendations of the World Health Organization and the decisions made by different countries, has suspended all international travel and all its employees are working remotely from Monday, March 16th, until further notice. Here are some specific details of what to expect while the preventive measures are in place.

MICI celebrates its tenth anniversary by emphasizing conflict and alternative dispute resolution methods

More than 250 representatives of the IDB Group, civil society organizations, and other independent accountability mechanisms joined MICI, in person and virtually, during the Conference “Accountability, Conflict and Mediation” held on February 26 and 27. The Forum focused on the transfer of analysis capabilities and conflict attention in the Latin American and Caribbean region through alternative dispute resolution methods.