The World Bank’s work on Social Development brings voices of the poor and vulnerable into development processes by making evidence-based policy and program contributions through:
- Undertaking timely social risk analysis, including poverty and social impact analyses
- Mainstreaming fragility, conflict-sensitivity, and responsiveness into analysis and operations
- Strengthening the resilience of communities and institutions to natural and human-induced shocks and changing climate trends
- Promoting gender-differentiated social and economic empowerment programs for youth and underprivileged groups
- Deepening the understanding of Indigenous Peoples’ issues and needs, especially the interrelationship between cultural and community resilience and their lands, territories, and natural resources
- Promoting of persons with disabilities through technical assistance for disability inclusion in operations and by building evidence to support more disability-inclusive projects
- Mainstreaming gender issues, ensuring that operations are gender-informed, and expanding the evidence on exclusion-based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI)
- Strengthening links between citizens and their governments and promoting accountable government structures
- Empowering communities in rural and urban settings by transferring the control over development decisions and resources to improve the delivery of basic services through the Community-Driven Development approach
- Enhancing positive impacts, mitigating negative impacts, and managing social and political risks, including compliance with the Bank’s social safeguards policies on Indigenous Peoples and Involuntary Resettlement
On August 4, 2016, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a new Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) that expands protections for people and the environment in Bank-financed investment projects.
The safeguards review included the most extensive consultation ever conducted by the World Bank. It concludes nearly four years of analysis and engagement around the world with governments, development experts, and civil society groups, reaching nearly 8,000 stakeholders in 63 countries.
The framework is part of a far-reaching effort by the World Bank Group to improve development outcomes and streamline its work.
The framework brings the World Bank’s environmental and social protections into closer harmony with those of other development institutions, and makes important advances in areas such as transparency, non-discrimination, social inclusion, public participation, and accountability – including expanded roles for grievance redress mechanisms.
The World Bank now begins an intensive preparation and training period (12-18 months) to prepare for the transition to the new Framework. The Framework is expected to go into effect in early 2018.
Last Updated: Mar 29, 2017