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Outreach and Compliance in 2009
 
During 2009, the Office of the Compliance Review Panel ("OCRP") conducted a number of activities and consultations aimed at disseminating information about ADB's approach to accountability and compliance and, in particular, the work of the Compliance Review Panel ("CRP")
 

 
CRP and OCRP Consultation Meetings in Australia
30 November – 4 December 2009
 

The Chair of the CRP, Rusdian Lubis, and the Secretary of the CRP, Bruce Purdue, visited Australia during 30 November to 4 December 2009 and met with officials from AusAID, Treasury, and the Commonwealth Ombudsman, as well as representatives from Transparency International, the Australian Services Union, the Australian Council for International Development, OXFAM Australia and experts, researchers and academics involved in mediation, corporate governance, compliance. Mr. Lubis and Mr. Purdue briefed participants on the work of the Accountability Mechanism, including current issues concerning governance, accountability and compliance, and aspects of some of the recent cases referred to the Accountability Mechanism. The possible review of the Mechanism due under ADB's existing policy was also discussed.

The visit was arranged and assisted by ADB’s Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office ("PLCO") based in Sydney.

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Orientation on ADB Accountability Mechanism for NGOs and Private Sector in Indonesia
26 November 2009
 

Private Sector sponsors and investors during the outreach in Jakarta, Indonesia.
On 26 November 2009, the OSPF and the OCRP jointly conducted another series of orientations on the ADB Accountability Mechanism for NGOs, APs and private sector sponsors and investors in Jakarta, Indonesia. Separate sessions were held with NGOs and APs, and with the private sector, respectively.

These sessions were arranged with the assistance of the Indonesia Resident Mission ("IRM"), NGOC and PSOD. ADB's Country Director for Indonesia, Jim Nugent, participated in the session with the NGOs and APs.

The approach in conducting the outreach in Indonesia was similar to the approach taken by the OSPF and the OCRP in the Philippines insofar as the sessions covered both ADB's public sector and private sector operations.

The orientation sessions in Indonesia were attended by 16 NGO representatives and five executives from the private sector.

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Orientation on ADB Accountability Mechanism for NGOs and Private Sector in the Philippines
19 November 2009
 

On 19 November 2009, the Office of the Special Project Facilitator ("OSPF") joined with the OCRP to conduct a brief orientation on the ADB Accountability Mechanism for NGOs and private sector sponsors and investors. Two separate sessions were held in Manila, Philippines, namely one for NGOs and one for the private sector. There were 16 representatives from NGOs and academe and five executives from the private sector. The orientation for the NGOs and academia was aimed at updating their understanding of the Accountability Mechanism, and to clarify issues that they may face when resorting to the Mechanism, or advising affected persons ("APs") to do so. The OSPF/CRP session with the private sector sponsors enabled them to better understand ADB's accountability policy and procedures, particularly how APs may file a complaint with the Special Project Facilitator ("SPF") or a request for compliance review with the CRP. There was considerable discussion on the implications of ADB's approach to accountability, particularly as this may affect financial, completion or reputational risk in private sector projects financed by ADB.

ADB's NGO and Civil Society Center ("NGOC") and the Private Sector Operations Department ("PSOD") attended and assisted in arranging the outreach in Manila.

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CRP and OCRP Consultation Meetings in Japan
13-14 October 2009
 

CRP Chair Rusdian Lubis and CRP Secretary Bruce Purdue meeting with Japan officials.
The Chair of the CRP, Rusdian Lubis, and the Secretary of the CRP, Bruce Purdue, visited Japan during 13-14 October 2009 and met with officials from the Ministry of Finance, as well as representatives from Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Nippon Export and Investment Insurance and Japan International Cooperation Agency, and members of a number of NGOs in Japan. They also met with senior staff at the Asian Development Bank Institute, based in Tokyo. Mr. Lubis and Mr. Purdue briefed participants on the work of the Accountability Mechanism, including current issues concerning governance, accountability and compliance, and aspects of some of the recent cases referred to the Accountability Mechanism. The possible review of the Mechanism was also discussed.

ADB’s Japanese Representative Office ("JRO") based in Tokyo arranged and facilitated the visit.

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CRP and OCRP meeting with NGOs and Civil Society Organizations
23 June 2009 in Washington, DC, USA
 

ADB's North American Representative Office ("NARO") arranged for CRP and OCRP to meet with locally-based civil society organizations ("CSOs") and nongovernment organizations ("NGOs") in Washington, D.C. on 23 June 2009. (The CRP and the OCRP were in Washington to attend the annual meeting of the independent accountability mechanisms from the international finance institutions and a number of bilateral agencies.)

Among other things, the OCRP briefed participants on the current activities under the Accountability Mechanism and discussed the possible review of the Mechanism, as anticipated under ADB's present policy. OCRP also met with a representative of the secretariat to the World Bank’s High Level Commission on Modernizing the Governance of the World Bank Group.

 

 

Internal Briefings on the Accountability Mechanism
2009

OCRP, often working jointly with OSPF, conducted a number of internal briefings at ADB Headquarters for new staff, mission leaders, interns and others on the Accountability Mechanism. These briefings included the following:
  • ADB Interns (20 February; 15 July)
  • Officials from the Environmental Dispute Coordination Commission of Japan and the Inspector General of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand (6 March)
  • Project Implementation Seminar for Operations Staff (11 May)
  • Induction Program for new ADB staff (29 May; 27 Aug)
  • The External Forum on Gender and Development (15 July)