In August 2016, the World Bank released a new Environmental and Social Framework, meant to prevent harm to people and the planet and “maximize development gains.” The framework was adopted by the bank following a four-year review of its suite of “safeguard” policies that had been developed over the preceding thirty years.
The new framework comprises a policy that binds bank staff in their appraisal and supervision of projects, along with ten standards covering issues including labor, biodiversity, Indigenous Peoples and resettlement, which the bank’s borrowers must meet when implementing bank-financed projects. The adoption of the framework marks a significant overhaul of the old system of safeguard policies.
Throughout the safeguards review, IDI worked with civil society partners around the world to mobilize a concerted, international effort to strengthen the World Bank’s policies on land rights, displacement and resettlement, and to demand that they uphold the bank’s international obligations to respect, protect and fulfill human rights. Our detailed submissions in each phase of the review are available below.
The World Bank's Existential Crisis, by David Pred and Natalie Bugalski — Inclusive Development International — June 24, 2016
World Bank: Dangerous Rollback in Environmental and Social Protections — Inclusive Development International — August 5, 2015
US Congress opposes World Bank plan to weaken environmental and social protections — Inclusive Development International — December 16, 2014
The World Bank Can’t Sacrifice the Poor to Stay in the Game — Inclusive Development International — August 5, 2014
World Bank safeguards: Pushing more money out the door at the expense of the poor? — Inclusive Development International — August 5, 2014
World Bank turns Its back on rights protections for the poor, global civil society response gathers momentum — Inclusive Development International — July 29, 2014
World Bank: Commit to rights in 2030 vision - guard against human rights abuses — Inclusive Development International — April 20, 2013
Safeguarding land rights: An opportunity for the World Bank to lead — Inclusive Development International — April 13, 2013
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