MICI-BID-AR-2022-0182 — Process for expert panel formation kicks off
MICI’s Compliance Review Phase has begun the process of selecting the experts who will make up the investigation panel for the claim "Integrated Urban Solid Waste Management Program. — Request IV" (MICI-IDB-AR-2022-0182). The Phase coordinator and two members of its roster of experts with proven experience in the topics included in this compliance verification will conform the investigation panel.
The actual investigation will begin once the panel is constituted. It will decide, among other aspects, the persons and organizations to be interviewed for the compliance verification process, as well as the schedule and format of these interactions, which could be either virtual or face-to-face if a mission to the project area is deemed necessary. According to the terms of reference approved by the IDB's Board of Executive Directors, the investigation will last 187 working days from the panel's formation.
The Compliance Review is a fact-finding process, similar to an internal audit, in which MICI acts as an independent investigator. Its objective is to determine whether the IDB Group has complied with its social and environmental policies and standards when designing and executing a project. As stated in the Mechanism’s Policy, MICI does not investigate third parties, including project implementers, as it is not a judicial or law enforcement mechanism, and its investigations are not intended for use in judicial or regulatory proceedings at the local level, nor are they intended to attribute causation or liability.
Starting a MICI process is not an assessment of the merits of a complaint and the issues presented, nor is it a determination of compliance or non-compliance by the IDB regarding its policies. In addition, MICI processes do not halt the processing, execution, or disbursements of a project financed by the Bank.
MICI investigations can recommend to the IDB Group corrective measures to ensure compliance with its policies on a project and institutional changes to continue improving lives in Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, MICI helps generate relevant lessons on environmental and social sustainability issues from the analysis of the cases managed and the findings of its investigations.
To learn more about the Compliance Verification processes, you can refer to these other cases.
1. México - Mareña Renovables: Reinforcing the “meaningful” in “meaningful consultations”
2. Paraguay - Metrobus: a milestone in economic displacement management
3. Chile - A new approach towards gender issues: lessons learnt in Alto Maipo