Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism: 2013 Annual Report
Marquez Mees, Victoria Aurora
The operation of the Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (ICIM) saw the convergence of a number of significant milestones in 2013. Based on the findings and recommendations of an evaluation report by the IDB Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) in 2012, the year began with the decision of the Board OF Executive Directors to initiate a process of adjustment to the ICIM Policy and its operating structure. This work, including the implementation of a process of public consultation, was commissioned to an independent expert. In addition, 2013 marked the end of the ICIMs pilot period. During this period (2010-2013) a total of 76 requests from 9 different countries were received. The 2013 Annual Report contains information on the management of ICIM's active portfolio and is complemented by information on each of the requests in the Public Registry, also newly updated in 2013. Of particular importance during the three years has been the completion of two processes of investigation and the approval of a third for the Compliance Review Phase, and the closing of five cases with agreements in the Consultation Phase. A statistical annex provides the reader with further information on the ICIM portfolio of Requests, the concerns of the Requesters and the sectors that most frequently generate these concerns among communities. In September 2013, and as stated its Policy, the scope of the ICIM was expanded to cover all the Relevant Operational Policies in force. Finally, in order to maintain consistency in the responsiveness of the Mechanism and to ensure a smooth transition once the revised policy is approved, the Board of Executive Directors approved a transition plan related to Mechanisms governance that ensures the continued operation thereof until the new policy goes into effect.