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Inter-American Development Bank

A Look at Environmental and Social Risk Management in Projects Financed by the IDB

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Overview

The IDB has a strong commitment to sustainability through its policies, standards, and guidelines for social and environmental management. Each policy fosters sustainability through a two-pronged approach: first, to improve the results of Bank-financed projects by looking at social and environmental concerns, and second, to minimize the negative impacts of such risks in areas such as:

  • Environment
  • Work and labor conditions
  • Community health and safety
  • Involuntary resettlement
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Gender equality

This certified course is directed towards officials of government agencies that implement projects financed by the Inter-American Development Bank, project coordinators, environmental specialists, social specialists, consultants, construction firms and subcontractors involved in the execution of projects, supervisors and auditors of works and other public officials involved in the preparation and execution of projects, civil society, and anyone interested in sustainable development.

This course is offered by the Inter-American Institute for Economic and Social Development (INDES) of the Inter-American Development Bank within the framework of the Project Learning Academy.

This course is "self-paced" so you can enroll at any time, even if the course has been open for a while. You can take it at the time that is most suitable for you inside the enrolment period of the course.

If you opt for the Audit track, you could complete the course free and have 1 week to take the course from the day you subscribed.

If you opt for the Verified track , you can access the course in an unlimited way and complete the qualified evaluations until the closing date, (Jan 28th, 2022), after making a payment of $10 . If you pass, in addition to the verified certificate, you will obtain a digital badge *that allows you to change the way you share your academic and professional achievements, as for example, on social media.

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1. edX financial help: edX offers financial assistance for learners who want to earn Verified Certificates but who may not be able to pay the Verified Certificate fee. Subscribe to the course and apply for financial assistance.

See more information in the Frequently Asked Questions section below.

Syllabus

Module 1: Introduction

This module will show the importance of appropriate management of environmental and social risks to attain the sustainability of projects financed by the IDB.

Module 2: Environmental and Social Risks in Projects Financed by the IDB

This module will present the environmental and social risks associated with various topics. The potential negative impacts for people and the environment will be discussed along with possible mitigation measures.

Module 3: Environmental and Social Risk Management

This module will explain how the IDB classifies environmental and social risks and discuss the various ways to appropriately manage risks during the different project phases. It will also examine the role of government agencies in the appropriate management of environmental and social risks. Finally, the module will address the functioning of the Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (MICI).

Taught by

Ana María Rodríguez-Ortiz and Joseph Milewski

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