Cote d'Ivoire: Financial bodies to hold workshops on dev't projects in W. Africa

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Three financial institutions are holding two workshops in the Ivorian city Abidjan in August to brief participants on on the importance of environmental and social safeguard issues in project development.

A statement on the AfDB website said the organisers are the Compliance Review and Mediation Unit (BCRM) of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB); the Office of the Compliance Adviser Ombudsman (CAO) of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency MIGA) of the World Bank Group.

The two regional workshops will be held at the headquarters of the AfDB in Abidjan from 1 to 3 August 2017, the statement said.

The central theme of the workshops is: "Strengthening Accountability Mechanisms in the Context of Development Projects in West Africa: Environmental and Social Management Systems , Access to the Recourse Systems and Conflict Resolution in Private Sector Projects Supported by the African Development Bank Group and the World Bank Group (IFC and MIGA) ".

The statement said the first Regional Workshop will be held on 1 August 2017 with invited participants being some 30 private sector stakeholders including sponsors implementing projects co-financed by the IFC and the AfDB as well as private companies from other countries in West Africa.

The second regional workshop will take place on 2 and 3 August 2017 and will bring together representatives of 30 West African Civil Society organizations.

These organizations act generally as the interfaces between the people negatively affected by projects (PAPs) funded by the AfDB and IFC/MIGA, the statement said. As such, they can file a complaint on their own right or on behalf of the affected communities.

The statement said the aim of these regional workshops is to enhance the understanding of these major development actors on the importance of environmental and social safeguard issues in project development.  "They will be briefed on the roles and mandates of the BCRM and the CAO and how these two accountability mechanisms process complaints they receive from People negatively affected by projects finances by the organisations."

The civil society and private sector participants will share their experiences in engaging with communities and resolving complaints.

They will also learn from practical examples on various dispute resolution techniques that are used in finding solutions to
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