A Guidebook on the Compliance Review Function of ADB’s Accountability Mechanism – For Affected People, Nongovernment Organizations, and Civil Society Organizations

Institutional Document | May 2019

This guidebook aims to equip affected people and their nongovernment and civil society organization partners with a better understanding of the compliance review function and the roles of various stakeholders.

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In doing so, affected people and their representatives can more effectively address concerns that may arise during project planning and implementation.

ADB’s Accountability Mechanism is the grievance redress platform of last resort for people and communities who may be unduly, adversely, or potentially affected by ADB-assisted projects. This guidebook is one in a series of four guidebooks that aims to aid comprehension of the compliance review and its processes, particularly the role of each of the stakeholders in the proceedings. The series is intended for (i) ADB Management and staff, (ii) governments, (iii) affected people and their representative or partner nongovernment organizations or civil society organizations, and (iv) private sector borrowers. 


  • Background
  • Roles in the Compliance Review
  • The Compliance Review Process
  • Information Disclosure Requirements under the Compliance Review Function of ADB’s Accountability Mechanism
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Appendix: ADB’s Operational Policies and Procedures Covered by Compliance Review
  • Resources for Further Review

Additional Details

  • ADB administration and governance
  • ADB accountability mechanism
  • 72
  • 8.5 x 11
  • TIM189304-2
  • 978-92-9261-618-2 (print)
  • 978-92-9261-619-9 (electronic)

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