Three nongovernmental organizations proposed Tuesday that the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, a primary dispenser of overseas assistance, establish a third party review panel to ensure claims from residents in recipient countries are meted out fairly.

The NGOs called on the government to ensure the creation of the neutral inspection panel to field complaints regarding official development aid projects, such as dams and power plants. The move is needed to heighten accountability and transparency, said Ikuko Matsumoto of Friends of the Earth Japan.

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