CAO Cases

Arne Hoel, The World Bank

Europe & Central Asia

Belarus / Strominvest II-01/Minsk

Complainant
Community members
Date Filed
March 24, 2016
Concerns
Forced eviction and resettlement
Case Status
Open - Ombudsman
 

Synopsis

Project Overview 

Strominvest is a Belarusian construction company focused on developing commercial property and affordable housing projects in Belarus. Strominvest was initially established as a construction Company in 1993 and has been an IFC Client since 2008. IFC’s first project (#26107) with Strominvest was for the development of a commercial real-estate building in Minsk and was approved in June 2008. While the second project (#31993) approved in October 2015 is a corporate loan of US$17 million for development of affordable housing projects in Belarus. 

 

In March 2016, CAO received a complaint from a local Minsk resident who filed on behalf of himself, his mother, and other community members. The complaint raises concerns about possible forced evictions and fear of resettling people against their will to other affordable housing built by Strominvest.

 

CAO Action

CAO found the complaint eligible for further assessment in April 2016 and has begun an assessment of the complaint. 

 

Status

CAO has concluded its assessment. The complainants and Strominvest stated their preference to engage with one another through CAO-facilitated dialogue to try to resolve the complaint. Therefore, in accordance with CAO’s Operational Guidelines, the complaint was referred to CAO’s Dispute Resolution function.

 

Status as of April 27, 2017


Project information

Institution
IFC
Project Name & Number
Strominvest 26107, 31993
Department
Global Manufacturing & Services
Company
JV Strominvest LLC
Sector
Construction and Real Estate
Region
East Asia & the Pacific
Country
Belarus
Environmental Category
B
Commitment
US$10.75 million C-Loan, US$16.82 million A-Loan

Case Tracker

Ombudsman

  • Eligible: Completed
  • Assessment Period: Completed
  • Facilitating Settlement: In Process

Compliance