According to the bank, the main objective of this Technical Cooperation (TC) is to assist IDB´s borrowing member countries in improving their knowledge and strengthening their capacity for the development and adoption of innovative technologies and management systems in the water and wastewater treatment/reuse sectors. The TC will address key water and wastewater challenges in the Latin America and the Caribbean region (LAC) that include: (i) reduced water availability (surface and groundwater), with extensive area in LAC experiencing high water scarcity due to extreme droughts; (ii) high water losses caused by deteriorating water infrastructure, with up to 50% of water losses in many urban water systems; (iii) insufficient development of alternative sources of water that are ecologically, economically and financially sustainable, including very limited development of desalination plants and high costs; (iv) weak regulatory frameworks and lack of capacities among water authorities, commissions and utilities to promote and adopt technological innovations; and (v) insufficient wastewater treatment and reuse programs (only 18% of wastewater is treated, and a minimal portion of this is reused) thus contributing to the deterioration of environmental conditions in water stream and bodies, and to a sub-utilization of water reuse in agriculture, industry and service sectors.
ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF IADB
The Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (MICI) is the independent complaint mechanism and fact-finding body for people who have been or are likely to be adversely affected by an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) or Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC)-funded project. If you submit a complaint to MICI, they may assist you in addressing the problems you raised through a dispute-resolution process with those implementing the project and/or through an investigation to assess whether the IDB or IIC is following its own policies for preventing or mitigating harm to people or the environment. You can submit a complaint by sending an email to MICI@iadb.org. You can learn more about the MICI and how to file a complaint at http://www.iadb.org/en/mici/mici,1752.html (in English) or http://www.iadb.org/es/mici/mici,1752.html (Spanish).