Date: March 2020
Author(s): Rachel Nadelman
Publication type: Policy Brief
Published by: Institute for Development Studies, Action for Empowerment and Accountability, Accountability Research Center
The World Bank provides one of the world’s largest sources of international development funding. The institution’s responsibilities to partner governments are well defined. Yet its duty to consider the perspectives and experiences of those affected by its projects, as well as of civil society more broadly, remains ambiguous.
This IDS Policy Briefing makes the following recommendations:
- Provide more explicit support to strengthen the enabling environment for citizen engagement (CE).
- Mandate that project operational manuals should be made public, readily accessible to citizens, and available in all national languages.
- Collaborate directly with national accountability institutions to protect citizen voice from reprisals and bolster state capacity to address accountability failures (e.g. ombuds agencies, audit bureaus, human rights commissions, public prosecutors, information access agencies).
- Systematically link the CE agenda with the Environmental and Social Framework, as these are mutually reinforcing.