The proposed knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will strengthen country safeguard systems, and support their application to identify and manage the environmental and social risks associated with ADB-supported projects. This will be achieved through the conduct of country safeguard system (CSS) assessments and capacity building activities on the CSS assessment methodology, including on how to undertake equivalence and acceptability assessments as required by the Safeguard Policy Statement (2009).
The TA will facilitate the use of CSS in ADB operations. It will support DMCs to conduct country safeguard reviews, undertake a capacity building program for in-country stakeholders and consultants on the methodologies for policy equivalence and acceptability assessments, and strengthen collaboration on CSS among development partners. The TA will support realizing the benefits of using CSS, such as: (i) reduce excessive transaction costs of complying with ADB project safeguards; (ii) enhance borrower's/client's sense of ownership of environmental and social safeguards; (iii) create alignment of safeguard policy compliance to the capacity of individual borrowers/clients; and (iv) enhance donor harmonization.
Environmental and social sustainability of development projects enhanced.
ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF ADB
The Accountability Mechanism is an independent complaint mechanism and fact-finding body for people who believe they are likely to be, or have been, adversely affected by an Asian Development Bank-financed project. If you submit a complaint to the Accountability Mechanism, they may investigate to assess whether the Asian Development Bank is following its own policies and procedures for preventing harm to people or the environment. You can learn more about the Accountability Mechanism and how to file a complaint at: http://www.adb.org/site/accountability-mechanism/main