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About this course

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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.

What you'll learn

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You will learn to:

  • Identify the most important aspects of environmental and social risks.

  • Understand the value of managing environmental and social risks throughout the project cycle.

  • Understand the criteria for the classification of operations and levels of environmental and social risks, as well as management tools.

  • Identify the role of government agencies with regard to the management of environmental and social risks and the execution of projects financed by the IDB.

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).

Meet your instructors

Ana María Rodríguez-Ortiz
Vice President for Sectors and Knowledge
InterAmerican Development Bank
Joseph Milewski
Chief of the Environmental and Social Solutions Unit
InterAmerican Development Bank

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