Draft safeguards not 'watered down,' but 'strengthened'

A construction site for the Panama Canal expansion project, for which the World Bank has approved a credit of 300 million dollars. The financial institution will start the second round of consultations for the social and environmental safeguards for its development projects. Photo by: Gerardo Pesantez / World Bank / CC BY-NC-ND

The World Bank is set to begin a second round of global consultations with various development partners — including civil society groups — about its newly proposed, albeit highly scrutinized, environmental and social safeguards.

The first draft of the bank’s safeguard document was leaked last week to different development groups, which felt the proposed frameworks are “watered down.” Several aid groups argued the new guidelines “fail to adequately respond to or incorporate years of input from civil society and experts around the world.”

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    Lean Alfred Santos

    Lean Alfred Santos is a former Devex development reporter focusing on the development community in Asia-Pacific, including major players such as the Asian Development Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. He previously covered Philippine and international business and economic news, sports and politics.