COVID-19 has laid bare the importance of assessing the health risks and impacts of development projects. All projects, in one way or another, must now consider the risks posed by the pandemic. Whether it is because protocols must be put in place to prevent large-scale spread, for example, in worker camps, or because a sick workforce may lead to significant delays, considering … [Read more...] about Beyond COVID-19: assessment of health impacts and risks in the new ESPF
Imagine what it feels like to have lost a parent, a sibling, or a loved one, be required to quarantine or socially distance for weeks, and then you find out a large public works project will produce noise and contamination in your neighborhood for the next six months. COVID-related restrictions are still very much in place in several countries, as daily infections and deaths … [Read more...] about Navigating the promises and pitfalls of grievance resolution
Can you even have sustainability and hydropower in the same sentence? It’s a question that for years has challenged development practitioners (and bolstered critics) of this renewable source of energy. But the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is taking steps to help answer this question. Hydropower can be massive in scale. In 2018, electricity generation from hydropower … [Read more...] about Can sustainable hydropower provide more than just electricity?
Normally when designing operations at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), we analyze the institutional capacity of the executing agency and corresponding national authorities in order to mitigate environmental and social risks. But, is it possible that we’re keeping local authorities and communities –who are the first to feel the impacts and to supervise mitigation … [Read more...] about Community-based organizations: the first line of defense for project sustainability
The Latin American region has experienced numerous changes in 2016: new governments have been elected, new priorities have been identified, and many legislative changes have taken place. And yet, in spite of the institutional changes, the same environmental and social challenges remain in place throughout the region. Take legislation, for example—although it is overall … [Read more...] about Listening strengthens environmental and social management