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Rollout of the World Bank’s New Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) in Nigeria

April 3-6, 2018

Abuja Nigeria

The World Bank’s (WB) new Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) aims to help protect people and the environment in the investment projects it finances. This effort is one of several key initiatives recently undertaken by the WB to improve development outcomes.

  • Approved by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors on August 4, 2016, the ESF responds to new and varied development demands and challenges that have arisen over time. The experience and capacity of many borrowing countries has improved, and the World Bank’s requirements have been updated to reflect the realities of today.

    The ESF replaces the current Safeguard Policies, boosting protections for people and the environment, and driving sustainable development through capacity- and institution-building and country ownership. It will also enhance efficiency, for both the borrowing country  and for the WB. The new ESF will apply to all new investment projects when it launches October 1, 2018. The WB’s current safeguards will run in parallel to the new ESF for about seven years to govern projects approved before the effectiveness date of the new ESF. 

  • Government officials; multi-stakeholders, including the private sector, non-governmental and civil society organizations; and staff from the project implementation units of the World Bank-assisted projects in Nigeria 

  • To deepen knowledge eon the new Environmental and Social Framework in Niger, this event will focus on the following:

    • Provide an overview of the new Environmental and Social Framework
    • Underscore the importance of the new Environmental and Social Framework to the World Bank and Nigeria’s common goals in order to make development more socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.
    • Feedback and interactive session with key stakeholders.


  • WHEN: Tuesday, April 3 – Thursday, April 6, 2018
  • WHERE: 102, Yakubu Gowon Crescent, Asokoro, Abuja Nigeria (April 3 – 5, 2018); and Reiz Continental Abuja (April 6, 2018)
  • Host: The World Bank Group