First Panel member of the IKI Independent Complaint Mechanism

Parishioners Gbevozoun in Benin
Parishioners Gbevozoun in Benin

Dr Lalanath de Silva will join the first Independent Expert Panel of the IKI's Independent Complaints Mechanism as a compliance review expert.

Lalanath de Silva
Until recently Lalanath de Silva was Head of the Independent Redress Mechanism of the Green Climate Fund established by the UNFCCC

Dr. de Silva is a highly experienced environmental and human rights lawyer with a rare mix of working in international, public sector and non-profit organizations. He is currently finishing a six-year non-renewable term as Head of the Independent Redress Mechanism of the Green Climate Fund established by the UNFCCC. As head of GCF’s IRM, he was also instrumental in building the Grievance Redress and Accountability Mechanisms (GRAM) partnership, which offers leadership, a learning and knowledge platform and a meeting space to an increasing number of GRAMs that are emerging in different spheres.

From 2012-2016 he served as a member of the Compliance Review Panel of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). During this period, as Director of the Environmental Democracy Practice and Director of the Access Initiative at the World Resources Institute, USA, he provided vision and leadership in helping civil society and government partners in over 50 countries advance reforms in environmental governance. Before, he has worked for the United Nations, the Sri Lankan Ministry of Environment and non-profit public interest law firms in Sri Lanka. He is also an accomplished musician and composer.

Transparency and fairness are core elements of the IKI that are guaranteed by a variety of instruments and mandatory to be practiced and implemented in each project. The instruments are designed to ensure, among other things, that international environmental and social standards are adhered to in IKI projects and that negative impacts of projects on the environment and people are avoided, minimised or mitigated. The IKI independent complaint mechanism is intended to enable people who suffer (potential) negative social and/or environmental consequences from IKI projects, or who wish to report the improper use of funds, to voice their complaints and seek redress. In doing so, it should also contribute to:

  • monitor and improve the environmental and social outcomes of projects,
  • avoid unintended negative impacts of projects that go unnoticed by ZUG and BMWK, BMUV and AA,
  • support the appropriate use of public funds, and
  • comply with international good practice.

A draft policy for the mechanism was consulted in October and November 2021. More than 20 participants from all regions of the world provided the process with valuable suggestions.

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