Understanding Community Harm Part 5: Livelihoods
In this month's edition of the Console Newsletter, Research Associate Lama Almoayed continues our series in understanding community harm by writing about livelihoods issues. 17% of all complaints to IAMs raise livelihoods issues, claiming harm to the means by which a community makes a living. Projects in Senegal and Gujarat serve as two examples of recent complaints where IAMs found non-compliance but where communities face challenges regarding implementation of appropriate remedy from harm for livelihoods impacts. IFIs bear a responsibility to engage and consult local communities about development projects that affect their land or livelihoods during the due diligence phase and throughout the development of management action plans where IAMs find non-compliance.
By Lama Almoayed — May 2, 2022
Nearly one out of five of all complaints filed to accountability offices raise issues related to livelihoods. We use two separate coal power plants based in Gujarat, India and Bargny, Senegal as case studies of how communities fight for the restoration of their livelihoods.
Noteworthy updates on Bank and IAM policy and practice
We have recently updated the benchmarking feature on the Console, which allows users to compare IAM policies. The policies of the following IAMs have been added: 2021 African Development Bank Independent Recourse Mechanism; Draft Updated (2020) World Bank Inspection Panel; World Bank Accountability Mechanism, including the 2021 Interim Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) procedures. The DRS is expected to launch a consultation on its final procedures soon, and we hope that the benchmarking tool, as well as the Good Policy Paper, will be helpful in ensuring that the procedures are strong.