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CAO—Compliance Advisor Ombudsman

The CAO was created to allow communities affected by the World Bank's private sector arms: the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) to raise their concerns directly. It performs the role of arbitrator and advisor on issues relating to the social and environmental outcomes of projects which involve the IFC and MIGA. The three main functions of the CAO are Compliance, Advisor and Ombudsman. The CAO is located in Washington D.C. and comprises of eight staff, currently headed by Meg Taylor.

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