According to bank provided information, the proposed operation’s development objective is to provide Technical Assistance to review and validate technical studies and designs of the development of the Baynes Hydropower Project (HPP) that will improve the preparation and readiness of this proposed project, which is of strategic relevance to Angola, Namibia and overall Southern Africa. The specific objectives therefore include: (i) Ensure, design criteria and provide recommendations on risk analysis, impact assessment, and suitable mitigation measures based on international standards and guidelines, by developing clear set of standards and guidelines to guide at all phases of the project development that will guarantee value for money; (ii) Address all the feasibility level issues of the project with the appropriate degree of technical due diligence; consider the technical risks, analyze and advise on the possible trade-offs between techno-economic issues and the safeguards issues of dam safety, environmental, social (including gender), resettlement and impacts; and (iii) Present the findings to inform all the stakeholders, Government, potential lenders, EPC contractors, developers etc.
ACCESS TO INFORMATION
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ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF AfDB
The Independent Review Mechanism (IRM), which is administered by the Compliance Review and Mediation Unit (CRMU), is the independent complaint mechanism and fact-finding body for people who have been or are likely to be adversely affected by an African Development Bank (AfDB)-financed project. If you submit a complaint to the IRM, it may assist you by either seeking to address your problems by facilitating a dispute resolution dialogue between you and those implementing the project and/or investigating whether the AfDB complied with its policies to prevent environmental and social harms. You can submit a complaint electronically by emailing email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and/or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can learn more about the IRM and how to file a complaint at: https://www.afdb.org/en/independent-review-mechanism/