Social Impact Assessment: Guidance for assessing and managing the social impacts of projects

Francis Vanclay, Ana Maria Esteves, Ilse Aucamp, Daniel Franks


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The purpose of this Guidance Note is to provide advice to various stakeholders about what is expected in good practice social impact assessment (SIA) and social impact management processes, especially in relation to project development. Project development refers to dams, mines, oil and gas drilling, factories, ports, airports, pipelines, electricity transmission corridors, roads, railway lines and other infrastructure including large-scale agriculture, forestry and aquaculture projects. This Guidance Note builds on IAIA’s (2003) International Principles for Social Impact Assessment. While the International Principles outline the overarching understandings of the SIA field, including the expected values of the profession, this document seeks to provide advice on good practice in the undertaking and appraisal of SIAs and the adaptive management of projects to address the social issues. As a statement of good and sometimes leading practice, not all the information in this document will necessarily be applicable in every situation – people utilising this information will need to establish for themselves what is appropriate in each particular context.

The intended users of this document include:

• SIA Practitioners/Consultants who want to know how their practice compares with international best practice;
• Project Developers/Proponents (private sector or government) to assist them in evaluating SIA consultants and in knowing what to expect from consultants;
• Regulatory agencies in terms of judging the quality and acceptability of SIA reports and in determining what procedures and expectations will be;
• Social specialists in the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), such as the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB);
• Social staff in other financial institutions, especially Equator Principles banks;
• Development cooperation agencies;
• Government planning agencies;
• Communities and local peoples;
• Civil society organizations;
• People responsible for SIA regulatory frameworks.
Originele taal-2English
Plaats van productieFargo ND
UitgeverijInternational Association for Impact Assessment
Aantal pagina's107
StatusPublished - 1-apr-2015

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