Accountability Counsel and Citizens for Justice in Malawi support people in Malawi affected by a World Bank-sponsored prepaid water meter project. The project, which is currently in its pilot phase, is causing problems with access to water for some of the most vulnerable populations in Malawi.
Affected people, supported by Accountability Counsel and Citizens for Justice in Malawi, filed a complaint to the World Bank Inspection Panel on May 14, 2013. Almost two months later, on July 12, 2013, the Inspection Panel issued a Decision Denying Registration of the complaint in violation of the Panel’s own rules. Not only was the decision not issued “promptly” (Operational Procedure para. 16), but the Panel cited no reason based in its rules for denying registration of the complaint. The Panel based its decision entirely on Bank management’s view of the facts without independent investigation of evidence of harm.
On July 17, 2013, Accountability Counsel and Citizens for Justice submitted a Letter to the Inspection Panel demanding that they reconsider their decision and register the complaint in accordance with their rules.