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The Inspection Panel : annual report, July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008 (English)

This annual report outlines the inspection panel activities during the period July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008, in its aim at providing an effective forum for affected people who suffer damages and be prejudiced as a consequence of the deficiencies or omissions of the World Bank in the design and eventual implementation of the project. The past fiscal year was the panel's fourteenth year of operations, and one of its busiest: the panel received six new requests for inspection, concluded two investigations, and has been engaged in investigating and following up several cases. The new requests received in fiscal year 2007-08 were as follows: the panel received two separate requests: the first, raising concerns of residents of a community about demolitions of their residences; and the second, raising concerns from tourist operators about the project's impact on tourism. The panel determined that an inspection into the matters raised in the first request was warranted and made a recommendation in that sense. The panel also determined that the main concerns raised in the second request were covered by an ongoing inspection of the Albania Power Sector Generation and Restructuring Project and, hence, it did not recommend a separate inspection into those concerns. The panel's recommendation concerning both requests was approved on November 1, 2007. The request brings up concerns about the location of a proposed sanitary landfill, and potential issues of involuntary resettlement and pollution. The recommendation to investigate was approved on November 9, 2007. The request focuses on negative impacts emanating from construction activities. The panel refrained from making a recommendation to investigate, as the eligibility requirement relating to prior contacts with bank management was not met. The request comes from affected people who are concerned about impacts and displacement caused by infrastructure activities. The panel noted that the project had already been closed for many years, and thus clearly did not meet one of eligibility requirements for an investigation. As a result, the panel did not register the request and sent a note to the board and bank management informing them of the situation. The request raises issues of displacement, lack of consultation, and potential risks of increased flooding as a result of road expansion works. The recommendation to investigate was approved on April 18, 2008.

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The Inspection Panel : annual report, July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008 (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/126441468329984085/The-Inspection-Panel-annual-report-July-1-2007-to-June-30-2008