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AfDB Safeguards. Towards an Integrated Safeguards System. Quality Assurance and Results Department Compliance and Safeguards Division ORQR.3. AFDB Current Safeguards System. Current policies and procedures. Current Safeguards System. Policy level: - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Towards an Integrated Safeguards System*Quality Assurance and Results DepartmentCompliance and Safeguards Division ORQR.3

  • Current policies and procedures


    Integrated Safeguards System

    Current Safeguards SystemPolicy level: Main crosscutting policies (environment, poverty, population, gender, NGO/CSO,)A total of 13 crosscutting policies to be complied with

    Bank proceduresPublic Sector: Environmental & Social Assessment ProceduresPrivate Sector: Environmental Review Procedure

    Bank guidelines & other toolsIntegrated Environmental and Social Impact AssessmentAuditing guidelinesParticipation/CSO handbookGender screening tools, climate change screening tool, etc.

    Integrated Safeguards System

    Policies: 13 policies and some grey areas (e.g. disclosure/ resettlement/emergency recovery )Do not cover the range of cases (supplementary loans, programs, etc.)Do not include new themes (climate, coal, etc.)

    Procedures & Guidelines:Too vague (e.g.: private sector operations; corporate loans and FIs)Do not capture new international best practices and AfDB lessons learned Refer to outdated Bank structure.Current System Lacunae

  • Concept Note*

    Integrated Safeguards System

    Diversification of portfolio and interventionsIncreased demand for energy and transport expectedMore IRM cases, implying increased attention for environmental and social considerations in operationsNew institutional structureBackground

    Integrated Safeguards System

    Integration between social sustainability aspects, climate change and ecological considerationsSingle set of procedures for both public and private sectors reducing transaction costsOperational safeguards deriving from cross-cutting policies and including emerging issuesAssemble new OS, revised ESAP and IESA in one systemIntegrated Approach

    Integrated Safeguards System

    Policy levelOperational safeguards as concise statements deriving from bank policiesReference to new Bank structure in proceduresOperational level Updated environmental and social proceduresUpdate of Guidelines ( IESIA, Auditing )New guidelines as needed (e.g.: supervision) Review of joint funding proceduresISS Structure

    Integrated Safeguards System

    Integrated Categorization and Safeguards Sheet (for project categorization, safeguard triggers and project screening for climate change)Accrued Task manager/lead responsibility for compliance with E&SRevisiting of templates and processes to streamline E&S safeguardsSharp and effectively implemented supervision tools (due diligence review)Adequate training and capacity building

    Other Tools

    Integrated Safeguards System

    Concept note to OpsComScoping document shared bank-wideOrganizational structureSteering Committee with ORQR as secretariatTechnical advisory committee / Bank expertsInternational consultants and other expertsConsultation plan / communicationEngineering and automation (SAP-CIMM)Process for ISS Design

    Integrated Safeguards System

    Important tool to proactively promote sustainable development, moving beyond initial focus on avoiding potential harmElevates assessment of impacts and risks in the overall economic and social development planning and decision making process in terms of both priority and timingEstablishes a mechanism for public accountability related to environmental and social impacts of policy and investment decisionsMandates consideration of alternatives for major decisions and evaluation of the consequences of taking no actionSESA in the New System

    Integrated Safeguards System

    It is a country-owned productIt is a driver for the mental switch from supervision to implementation supportIt will be mandatory for certain type of operations


    Integrated Safeguards System

    SESA Working GroupAssessing the use of SESA guidelines (SIA) in the past Collecting information/ opinion from operation departments and Regional Member CountriesAppraising our pilots Updating AfDB guidelines to include new dimensions:More emphasis on social dimensionClimate change adaptationUser friendly checklist (e.g.: resettlement .)

    Next Steps