2019 July 13 Saturday

CEIU-PPM Engagement with CSOs/NGOs (Open to CSOs/NGOs only)

Salle E, ECCL


  • Clarify and discuss the PPM policy, directive and rules of procedure.
  • Discuss specific challenges and opportunities in defining and applying the PPM.
  • Discuss different approaches that could help the PPM in responding to requests from Project-affected People.  
  • Create a knowledge sharing opportunity for AIIB and other stakeholders.



AIIB aims to foster sustainable economic development, create wealth, and improve infrastructure connectivity in Asia. This means that the Bank is committed to promoting transparency and accountability in its infrastructure project financing. This commitment is manifested through the development of a Project-affected People’s Mechanism (PPM), approved in December 2018 and operational from March 31, 2019. The PPM consists of a policy, directive and rules of procedure (available here). Three months onward and with 39 projects approved so far, what next steps are needed to ensure that the PPM really works, is relevant and effective. 


This event serves as a venue for an open dialogue among and between representatives from communities, civil society organizations, and the private sector involved in projects and AIIB investments. The goal of the session is to raise concrete suggestions and ideas to ensure that communities within Project-affected areas are provided with the utmost information and access to the mechanism.


Discussion Topics

  • Handling confidentiality and risk of retaliation.
  • Approaching project-level grievance redress mechanisms. 
  • Clarifications on the PPM Directive and Rules of Procedure.
  • Effective approaches for responding to complaints.


Session Format

  • Moderated panel discussion with Q&A



Irene Bain

Senior Learning & Knowledge Specialist, Complaints-resolution, Evaluation and Integrity Unit, AIIB


Irene Bain, Senior Learning and Knowledge Specialist, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Irene has lived and worked in China since 1990, beginning in rural poverty reduction and micro-credit projects for NGO’s CARE and Oxfam Hong Kong in southwest China. From 1995-2004, she worked in the field as a consultant on design and implementation of environmental and social projects for AusAID, ADB, EU, and United Nations agencies in China and mainland southeast Asia. From 2004-2012, she was Program Officer for Environment and Development in the Ford Foundation, Beijing Office. From 2012-2016, she was Social Sector Specialist in the Asian Development Bank PRC Resident Mission, and concurrent focal point for knowledge, poverty reduction, gender and NGOs. Irene joined AIIB Beijing in March 2017. She holds a Doctorate in Human Geography (1990) and a Bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies and Human Geography from the Australian National University.

Hamid Sharif

Managing Director, Complaints-resolution, Evaluation and Integrity Unit, AIIB


Hamid Sharif is Managing Director of the Complaints-resolution, Evaluation and Integrity Unit of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. He has more than 25 years of experience in international development with extensive experience in developing Asia. He has experience in sovereign and non-sovereign lending operations across a range of infrastructure sectors.  Governance is a major area of focus of Mr. Sharif’s work. This has included work on anticorruption, accountability mechanism and governance policies of the Asian Development Bank as well as operations with substantial governance focus. Mr. Sharif supervised more than 70 technical assistance projects on legal and policy reform and led one of the largest policy loans in the sector.

Prior to joining AIIB, Mr. Sharif served in various capacities in ADB including as Assistant General Counsel, Head of Procurement, and Country Director of People’s Republic of China Resident Mission where he managed a portfolio of more than $10 billion.

He has also worked with a major international non-governmental organization; he was the Representative of The Asia Foundation in Pakistan from 2005-7.

Mr. Sharif graduated in law from Kingston University, U.K. (1978-81), and completed his post-graduation in law from Cambridge University (1981-2). He was called to the Bar in 1983 as a member of the Lincoln’s Inn. 



Luz Julieta Ligthart

Consultant, Independent


Luz Julieta Ligthart currently works as an independent consultant and Associate Fellow, providing consultancy services to projects for partner organisations in the Philippines and other international organisations. Shea was a former Policy and Advocacy Coordinator from 2016-108. She was in charge of critically engaging with international financing institutions (IFIs) on project case issues and policy concerns while providing technical support among Southern groups and Northern partners in generating policy discourse, dialogues, workshops, seminars and knowlegde sharing. During this period, she facilitated and coordinated three sub-regional consultations on AIIB's PPI and PPM allowing representatives to air out their concerns and propose more people-oriented provisions. She was commissioned to conduct a study comparing the business model of AIIB to that of ADB, the World Bank and EBRD.

Maria van Putten

Managing Director, Global Accountability B.V.


Spezialized in independent Accountability Mechanisms for both the financial sector an more specific MFI's and Multinationals. Mediator in conflict situations between citizens and authorities often in cases of large infrastructure projects. PhD study on Accountability Mechanisms for MFIs. Publication Policing the Banks: Accountability Mechanisms for the Financial Sector, 2008 McGill University Press.


Chair of the OECD National Contact Point handling instances regarding international operating enterprices. Such as reached agreement including financial compensation between 160 dismissed workers of Heineken in Congo DRC; first time in context OECD.


At past: Member European Parliament (1989-1999)Member World Bank Inspection Panel, Member IRM African Development Bank, senior advisor Complaints Mechanism European Investment Bank, Reviewer Mechanism Asian Development Bank. Envoy at EU Institutions for Nord Stream project: gaspipeline between Russia and Europe and recent advisor Complaints Mechanism AIIB