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IAMS and CSOS Mexico Outreach Workshop

Mexico City, 8 June 2016

The workshop is being co-organized by three civil society organizations (CSOs), Fundar, Centro de Análisis e Investigación, Centro de Colaboración Cívica (CCC), and Grupo Regional sobre Financiamento e Infraestructura (GREFI); and five international accountability mechanisms (IAMs) of the Inter-American Development Bank (Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism / MICI); World Bank Group (Inspection Panel – IBRD/IDA) and Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO – IFC and MIGA); European Investment Bank (Complaints Mechanism) and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (Complaints Mechanism).

The three main objectives of the event are:

  1. Allow Mexican CSOs to become better acquainted with the IAMs and the dispute resolution and compliance services they provide;
  2. Enable the IAMs to broaden their contact with CSOs in Mexico, and especially with local organizations and communities who are among potentially affected populations; and
  3. Provide the IAMs and CSOS with an opportunity to exchange views on their experiences, as well as on broader accountability issues related to public and private sector development projects in Mexico.

The one-day workshop will include presentations by the different IAMs about their services and examples of their work; presentations by CSOs on their experiences with engaging the mechanisms; small group discussions related to accessing and working with the IAMs; and a broader discussion on accountability trends in development in Mexico.



8.30 – 9.00


(Diego Rivera Room)

9.00 – 9.40

Opening Session

Welcome and Objectives of Workshop

Victoria Marquez-Mees (Director, MICI)

Haydeé Pérez Garrido (Director, Fundar)

Presentation of the Agenda and Participant Introductions

Sylvia Aguilera (Director, Centro de Colaboración Cívica)

9.40 – 10.00

Overview of International Development Landscape

Mariana González Armijo (Senior Researcher, Fundar)

10.00 – 11.30

Presentation by Independent Accountability Mechanisms

      Victoria Marquez-Mees (Director, MICI)

      Gonzalo Castro de la Mata (Panel Chair, IPN)

      Osvaldo Gratacós (President, CAO)

      Alfredo Abad (Deputy Head, CM)

William Kennedy (Director, OPIC)

      CHAIR: Martha Torres Ibáñez (Coordinator Amazonia Program,

      DAR – GREFI)

11.30 – 11.45 COFFEE BREAK

11.45 – 12.45

CSO Panel on Experiences Engaging the IAMs

Lani Inverarity (Strategic Support Associate, Accountability Counsel)

Carla García Zendejas (Director, People, Land & Resources Program, CIEL)

Bettina Cruz ( Asamblea de los Pueblos Indígenas del Istmo de Tehuantepec en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio)

CHAIR: Gonzalo Roza (Coordinator of the Global Governance Area, FUNDEPS – GREFI)

12.45 – 13.30

Keynote Address on Accountability Trends in Mexico

     Mauricio Merino (Profesor COLMEX y CIDE)

     CHAIR: Victoria Marquez-Mees (Director, MICI)

13.30 – 14.30 LUNCH

14.30 – 16.30

World Café Tables

Small group discussion and dialogue between CSOs and IAMs representatives on the role and work of IAMs including: how to access; complaints eligibility criteria; operating procedures;

mediation / investigation processes; community impact; and other issues which may come up during morning sessions.

CHAIR:  Rosario Espinosa (Director Capacity Enhancement, CCC)

16.30 – 17.00 COFFEE BREAK

17.00 – 17:45

World Café Reporting Out

      Small Group Rapporteurs

CHAIR:  Rosario Espinosa (Director Capacity Enhancement, CCC)

17.45 – 18.15 

Workshop Evaluation

CHAIR:  Rosario Lino (Oficial Senior de Comunicaciones, MICI)  

18.15 – 18.30 

Closing Session

Mariana González Armijo (Senior Researcher, Fundar)

Osvaldo Gratacós (President, CAO)

18.30 – 20.00


(Diego Rivera Room)

       Sylvia Aguilera (Director, Centro de Colaboración Cívica)

       Gonzalo Castro de la Mata (Panel Chair, IPN)