Dr. van Putten emphasized that accountability, compliance and governance in financing institutions is all about cultural change and these can be "learned by doing." It may be inevitable that people and institutions make mistakes in the workplace; but what matters is not so much that mistakes are made, but what is done to address those mistakes. Accountability is a learning process and there should no fear among the staff. On the contrary, the MDBs should take pride in having an accountability mechanism. Dr. van Putten's closing remark "No Fear, but Pride" captures her important message on accountability and compliance.
Mr. Purdue also had discussions with the NSW Ombudsman's Office, which has been involved with the Pacific Ombudsman Alliance (www.pacificombudsman.org), the Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific at the University of Sydney, Oxfam Australia and governance practitioners. Mr. Purdue also visited ADB's Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office.
During the meeting, the participants raised the following concerns on the ADB Accountability Mechanism, particularly the compliance review phase: (i) how to treat a non-material harm since most of the IP's concerns could not be treated as a material harm i.e., cultural heritage, (ii) what could the Compliance Review Panel do if ADB management does not implement the remedial actions; (iii) what had been done in introducing the Accountability Mechanism during project preparation; and (iv) how to treat confidentiality of IP complainants or requesters considering the remoteness of their location, language, and security.
Learning from the nature of the AIPP organization and its activities, the potential outreach on ADB Accountability Mechanism for IPs and IP groups could possibly be done through the following forum: (i) dissemination of information through AIPP's regular meetings, either by providing ADB Accountability Mechanism package or by conducting presentations; (ii) conducting special workshops in consultation with the IP network at the national level in a region where ADB's projects are concentrated, e.g. North-East India, Chittagong Hill tracts, Bangladesh; and (iii) disseminating Accountability Mechanism information through AIPP's website by requesting them to link to the ADB's Accountability Mechanism websites.
It is also necessary to explore an opportunity to work with AIPP, especially to reach the IPs and IP groups, to promote the use of the ADB's Accountability Mechanism in the Asia and Pacific region.
The BCRC Annual Report 2008-2009 was submitted to the Board Compliance Review Committee for comments on 26 February 2010. The report is due for release in the 2nd quarter of 2010.
The CRP’s fifth and last monitoring report for the Pakistan Chashma Right Bank Irrigation Project (Stage III) was submitted to the Board Compliance Review Committee on 15 March 2010 for review and comments.
On 19 March 2010, OSPF and OCRP gave a briefing to new staff on ADB’s Accountability Mechanism.
A prototype of the new Compliance Review Monitoring System was completed and circulated to selected ADB staff for review on 19 March 2010.
Preparations for the first online discussion in IAMnet are underway, and it will be launched in April-May 2010 prior to the IAMs Seventh Annual Meeting in June 2010.
Updates to the CRP website continue and among those completed during the first quarter are an email facility where internet readers can send direct communications to the CRP and sample letter requesting compliance review in various DMC languages.
The Accountability Mechanism and Compliance Review brochures in Hindi were completed on
26 January 2010.