CAO Cases

Arne Hoel, The World Bank

Europe & Central Asia

Belarus / Strominvest II-01/Minsk

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


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. At the conclusion of the 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.

As the parties were unable to reach agreement, CAO’s Dispute Resolution function has concluded its involvement in this case, and the case has been transferred to CAO Compliance for appraisal of IFC’s performance related to the project.  Although the parties were unable to find a mutually satisfactory resolution to the complaint, they agreed to exchange contact information to have future channels of communication. They also concluded the process with improved understanding of the overall situation and their respective positions and perspectives.



CAO has concluded the dispute resolution process between the complainants and Strominvest, and the case has been transferred to CAO Compliance for appraisal of IFC’s performance related to the project.


Status as of August 31, 2017

Project information

Project Name & Number
Strominvest 26107, 31993
Global Manufacturing & Services
JV Strominvest LLC
Construction and Real Estate
East Asia & the Pacific
Environmental Category
US$10.75 million C-Loan, US$16.82 million A-Loan

Case Tracker


  • Eligible: Completed
  • Assessment Period: Completed
  • Facilitating Settlement: Transferred


  • Under Appraisal: In Process