Social Inclusion and Stakeholder Engagement

Social Safeguards. ISFL programs, Concept Notes for which were approved after October 1, 2018, follow Bank’s new Environmental and Social Policy for Investment Project Financing (IPF),  which sets out the mandatory requirements to the development and implementation of projects that are environmentally and socially sustainable. This new Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) supports the Clients in the application of the Environmental and Social Standards (ESSs) designed to avoid, minimize, reduce or mitigate the adverse environmental and social risks and impacts. The Bank agrees with the Client on an Environmental and Social Commitment Plan (ESCP), which incorporates all measures and actions required for the project to meet the ESSs. Programs for which Concept Notes were approved before October 1, 2018, have been designed in line with Bank’s previous social safeguards. 

ISFL programs have been designed with consideration of the Strategic Environmental and Social Assessments (SESAs) and Environmental and Social Management Frameworks (ESMFs). These documents are prepared to assess and manage environmental and social risks of REDD+ interventions in an inclusive and participatory way by engaging key stakeholders. 

 Forest- dependent Indigenous Peoples and vulnerable groups. The ESS 7 - Indigenous Peoples/Sub-Saharan African Historically Underserved Traditional Local Communities, requires that the meaningful consultation is conducted including with stakeholders and especially with these groups. There is a requirement to obtain the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of the affected Indigenous Peoples for the project activities that affect them.

The Bank identifies or requires the identification of groups or individuals affected by the project that may be disadvantaged or vulnerable, requires an assessment of project risks and impacts, and identification of differentiated mitigation measures to allow the effective participation of such individuals or groups. These groups include marginalized and vulnerable communities, poor households, women, youth, disabled and others. 

 Gender. All ISFL programs have conducted or are in the process of conducting gender assessment to review gender inequality issues in program areas and develop concrete action plans to address them. Where possible data collected for monitoring of ISFL programs’ results are disaggregated by gender to better understand the impact the project is having on women and men. Key Development Indicator on targeted beneficiaries is mandatory gender-disaggregated.

 Stakeholder engagement. The Bank recognizes the importance of early and continuing engagement and meaningful consultation with stakeholders and requires Borrower/Client to engage with communities, groups, or individuals affected by proposed projects, and with other interested parties, through information disclosure, consultation, and informed participation in a manner proportionate to the risks to and impacts (ESS 10).  Consultations with stakeholders are very important at the implementation stage and adequate support and resources need to be provided to the implementing agencies. 

 Feedback and Grievances Redress Mechanism. The Bank requires the Borrower/Client to provide a grievance mechanism, process, or procedure to receive and facilitate the resolution of concerns and grievances of project-affected parties arising in connection with the program. These mechanisms are diverse and depend on the country and the jurisdiction’s context. 

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Framework. ISFL seeks to monitor social inclusion and stakeholder engagement at the initiative level, with data disaggregated by gender where feasible. 
   
Indicator EOP Target EOP Target Percent of Women
T1.1 Number of people reached with benefits from ISFL programs 147,680 people 28% women
T2.O1.5 Land users who have adopted sustainable land management practices as a result of ISFL support  88,342 people 30% women
T2.O1.c Land users who have received training for improving land management  30,000 people  28% women
T2.O1.d Land users who have received training for agricultural productivity 17,000 people  No target
T2.O1.f Government officials who have received technical training on ISFL interventions (% women) Indicator will be reported on each year, targets will not be included
T2.O2.2 Number of people involved in income generation activities due to ISFL support (% women) Indicator will be reported on each year, targets will not be included
CC.P.2 Number of stakeholders consulted on ISFL programs following WB safeguard policies (% women)  Indicator will be reported on each year, targets will not be included
Please note that targets here are only for the programs in Colombia, Ethiopia, Mexico, and Zambia programs as Indonesia has not yet finalized its targets. For more details please see the June 2019 MEL Framework)
     
  • Ethiopia Oromia Forested Landscape Project was prepared under previous Bank’s safeguard policies and procedures and information on its specific social inclusion and stakeholder engagement processes and results are available HERE
  • Zambia Integrated Forest Landscape Project was prepared under previous Bank’s safeguard policies and procedures and information on its specific social inclusion and stakeholder engagement processes and results are available HERE.
  • Indonesia Program in Jambi Province is under preparation based on new ESF policies and procedures and information on its specific social inclusion and stakeholder engagement processes and results are available HERE.