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July - September 2010
CRP SUBMITS ITS FINAL REPORT FOR THE PRC FUZHOU ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
 

Resettlement site in Fuzhou, China.
On 27 September 2010, the Compliance Review Panel (CRP) submitted its Final Report for the Fuzhou Environmental Improvement Project in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to the ADB Board of Directors. The Board will discuss the case on 19 October 2010.

The CRP had received the request for compliance review and declared it eligible in June 2009. Since then, the CRP interviewed ADB Management and operations staff as well as the requesters (via teleconference), and reviewed project documents, but the PRC authorities refused permission for the CRP to visit the project site. In August 2010, the CRP issued a draft report and sought comments from ADB Management and the requesters. The CRP considered the comments by Management and the requesters, finalized its report, then circulated it to the Board for consideration.
 
 
CRP Completes its Fourth Annual Monitoring of the Sri Lanka Southern Transport Development project

On 2 July 2010, the Compliance Review Panel issued its fourth annual monitoring report on implementing the compliance review recommendations for the Sri Lanka Southern Transport Development Project. Out of 19 recommendations, only 2 remain partially met – the preparation by ADB of a resettlement handbook and addressing CRP’s concerns over the reduced scope of the Income Restoration Program (IRP). ADB provided a timeline for the completion of the handbook by end 2010 and committed to work with the executing agency, Road Development Authority, in providing adequate support to poor households that had not been covered by the IRP. Overall, there has been significant progress in implementing the Board’s recommendations. CRP’s Fourth Annual Monitoring Report is available at: http://compliance.adb.org
 
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Technical Assistance on Outreach

On 6 August 2010, the Office of the Compliance Review Panel (OCRP) obtained ADB’s approval for a $225,000 technical assistance (TA) on Outreach for Good Governance and Development Effectiveness through the Accountability Mechanism. The TA will be a pilot program for managing and organizing outreach. It aims to facilitate better information dissemination about the Accountability Mechanism (AM) particularly on the process and procedures in submitting a complaint or a request for compliance review. The TA is expected to produce a more systematic annual outreach program, to reach a greater number of project-affected people and to ensure they are better informed about their rights under the AM, and to enable a more effective assessment of the impact of outreach. OCRP will implement the TA, in collaboration with the Office of the Special Project Facilitator. The TA commenced in August 2010 and will be completed by July 2011.
 
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NGO participants in Azerbaijan.
Outreach in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia

The Office of the Special Project Facilitator (OSPF), Office of Compliance Review Panel (OCRP), and NGO Center (NGOC) held joint outreach missions on the Accountability Mechanism (AM) in Azerbaijan (7-8 September 2010), Georgia (9-10 September 2010) and Armenia (13-14 September 2010). The outreach sessions were attended by government representatives, staff of project executing agencies and implementing agencies, and representatives from nongovernmental and civil society organizations. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), represented by its Project Complaint Mechanism Officer, joined the outreach sessions in Armenia and Georgia where EBRD’s Project Complaint Mechanism was presented along with the AM. The event was arranged jointly by OSPF and NGOC in coordination with ADB staff from the three Resident Missions in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.
 
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CRP Annual Report 2009

The Compliance Review Panel released its 2009 Annual Report on 10 August 2010. The Annual Report summarized the ongoing compliance review cases in 2009, the activities of the Office of the Compliance Review Panel in convening outreach and consultations with stakeholders and international financial institutions, the strengthening of the Accountability Mechanism in ADB, and budgetary information. The report also cited lessons learned from the conclusion of the 5-year monitoring of the Chashma Right Bank Irrigation Project (Stage III) in Pakistan. The Report is available at http://www.compliance.adb.org
 
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Compliance Review Monitoring System

On 16 August 2010, the Office of the Compliance Review Panel launched the new Compliance Review Monitoring System (CRMS), a web-based system to track implementation of remedial actions on compliance review recommendations. CRMS was pilot-tested by the Sri Lanka Resident Mission in preparing their fifth implementation progress report for the Southern Transport Development Project. CRMS is now running and aims to provide a more efficient and effective reporting and monitoring means for both the operations department implementing the remedial actions and for the Compliance Review Panel, which monitors the implementation. CRMS is available through the MyADB intranet: http://lnadbg4.adb.org/ocrp001p.nsf

 
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VISITORS, 3rd QUARTER
  • Dr. Ishrat Husain and Dr. Maartje van Putten, Accountability Mechanism Review experts,
    19 August 2010
  • Rutger-Jan Schoen, SPAN Consultants, 20 September 2010
 
Compliance Review Quarterly is published by the Office of the Compliance Review Panel. If you have comments or queries, please contact Teresita Capati at: tcapati@adb.org