10 September 2014

News: Review & Update of World Bank Safeguard Policies

The World Bank is preparing to revise its Environmental and Social Framework, and a draft document is now available for consultation and feedback from the public.  The consultation period will run until 30 November 2014.

However, concerns have been expressed that the proposed revisions greatly dilute the World Bank's safeguard policies for indigenous groups, impoverished people, and those affected by development projects, among others. The International Network on Displacement and Resettlement (INDR) has put together an "Involuntary Resettlement and Land Acquisition Dilutions Matrix" to better assess the extent to which standards have been weakened.

For more information, visit the Bank Information Center's roundup of commentary and news.

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