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
- Enhancing positive impacts, mitigating negative impacts, and managing social and political risks, including compliance with the World Bank’s social safeguard policies on Indigenous Peoples and involuntary resettlement
- Deepening the understanding of Indigenous Peoples’ issues and needs, especially the interrelationship between cultural and community resilience, and their lands, territories and natural resources
- Mainstreaming fragility and conflict sensitivity into analysis and operations, and adopting a violence prevention lens wherever high rates of interpersonal violence jeopardize development
- 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
- Ensuring that World Bank-financed projects include persons with disabilities and incorporate disability inclusion by building the evidence base
- Mainstreaming gender issues and ensuring that operations are gender informed
- Expanding the evidence on exclusion-based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI)
- Strengthening the links and engagement 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
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 Group. It concluded 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 ESF is part of a far-reaching effort by the World Bank Group to improve development outcomes and streamline its work.
The ESF 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 has begun an intensive preparation and training period to pave the way for the implementation of the new Framework which is expected to go into effect in early 2018, once all the elements are in place for the launch.
Last Updated: Sep 21, 2017