In 2019, the Board of Directors of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) commissioned an independent group of experts to perform a review of environmental and social accountability at the institutions and their independent accountability mechanism, the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO).

After receiving comments on the review from IFC, MIGA, and the CAO, the review team finalized its report in June 2020. With the understanding that the final report will be used to frame Board-level discussions on the role, effectiveness, and governance of the CAO, as well as institutional responses to grievance and findings of harm, civil society and community organizations demanded an opportunity to likewise comment on the review team’s findings and recommendations. The Board agreed, and published the report for public comment in August 2020.

This page is dedicated to preserve civil society and community comments on the external review report.

  • Joint Comment on Report and Recommendations from the External Review of IFC/MIGA E&S Accountability, including CAO’s Role and Effectiveness” – Abibiman Foundation, AbibiNsroma Foundation (ANF), Abna alnaziehen, Accountability Counsel, Action Paysanne contre la Faim, Alliance for Empowering Rural Communities (AERC-Ghana), Arab Watch Coalition, Association Tunisienne de Droit du Développement, Association Tunisienne de Gouvernance Locale (ATGL), Bank Information Center, Bretton Woods Project, Building and Wood Workers International, CEE Bankwatch, Center for Development Programs in the Cordillera, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Centre de Développement de la Région de Tensift, Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), Conseil Régional des Organisations Non Gouvernementales de Développement, David Hunter (Peregrine Environmental Consulting), Espace de Solidarité et de Coopération de l’Oriental, Fondation pour le Développement au Sahel (FDS), Gender Action, Global Responsibility, Green Advocates International, Human Rights Watch, Inclusive Development International, Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense, International Accountability Project, Jamaa Resource Initiatives, LawAge Consults & Advocates, Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP), Mazingira Network – Tanzania (MANET), National Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NAFIN), Observatoire d’Etudes et d’Appui à la Responsabilité Sociale, Oxfam, People’s Coalition for Water Rights (KRuHA), Press Freedom Advocacy Association (PFAA), Phenix Center, Recourse, Resonate! Yemen, Sustainable Holistic Development Foundation (SUHODE), Urgewald e.V., Wedyan Association For Society Development, William Nicholas Gomes, Witness Radio – Uganda, and Yemeni Observatory for Human Rights (YOHR)








  • Comments by Indian Groups on Recommendations of External Review of IFC/MIGA E&S Accountability, including CAO’s Role and Effectiveness” – Amulya Kumar Nayak (Odisha Chas Parivesh Surakshya Parisad), Anil Varghese (Delhi Forum), Anuradha Munshi (Centre For Financial Accountability), A shok Chowdhury (All India Union of Forest Working Peoples), Ashish Kajla (Financial Accountability Network), Awadhesh Kumar (Srijan Lokhit Samiti), Bharat Patel (Machimar Adhikar Sangharsh Sangathan), Joe Athialy (Working Group on International Financial Institutions), Leo Saldanha (Environment Support Group), Rajendra Ravi (Institute for Democracy and Sustainability), Rajkumar Sinha (Chutka Parmanu Virodhi Sagarsh Samiti), Ram Wangkheirakpam (Indigenous Perspectives), Sanjeev Kumar Danda (Dalit Adivasi Shakti Adhikar Manch & National Alliance of People’s Movements), Sitaram Shelar (Center for Promoting Democracy), Soumya Dutta (Bharat Jan Vigyan Jatha & Movement for Advancing Understanding on Sustainability And Mutuality [MAUSAM]), Sreedhar Ramamurthy (Environics Trust), Thomas Franco & Rajendra Dev (Joint Convener, People First), Wilfred Decosta (Indian Social Action Forum)