A workshop to support the implementation of the new World Bank Environmental and Social Framework is being held in Abuja.
The workshop is at the instance of the country branch of the World Bank Group in Nigeria.
According to the World Bank Group, the workshop aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the new environmental and social requirements the Bank will be applying to new investment projects it finances starting October 2018.
It also states that the workshop consists of: a half-day presentation to senior government officials; a two-day technical training for project implementation staff; and half day awareness session with other stakeholders, including civil society and development partners.
“Time and again, we have seen that investment projects are more sustainable and have a greater development impact when the environment is protected, and when communities and people are engaged. The ESF is a great opportunity to work together with the Nigerian government to strengthen its environmental and social systems, and help build the country’s capacity to implement programs in a sustainable way and to achieve stronger results,” said Rachid Benmessaoud, World Bank Country Director for Nigeria.
The ESF is the result of extensive consultations conducted by the World Bank, with nearly four years of analysis and engagement around the world with governments, development practitioners, and civil society groups, reaching nearly 8,000 stakeholders in 63 countries.
The new framework provides a broad coverage of environmental and social issues, including important advances on transparency, non-discrimination, social inclusion, public participation, and accountability. The ESF also places more emphasis on strengthening Borrower governments’ own capacity to deal with environmental and social issues.