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The IDB's New Environmental and Social Policy in a Nutshell

By completing the course, participants will understand the fundamentals of the 10 environmental and social performance standards, while going through different "chronicles" or development trajectories, in which they will identify the key aspects in the implementation of the Framework.

The IDB's New Environmental and Social Policy Framework in a Nutshell will provide you with tools to better respond to the environmental and social challenges our countries are facing: social inequality, climate change and the depletion of natural capital.​​​​​​​

Join our learning chronicler during her trajectory and reaffirm your commitment to the development of the region! ****

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After a course session ends, it will be archived.
Starts Nov 30
Ends Dec 29
Estimated 1 weeks
2–3 hours per week
Progress at your own speed
Optional upgrade available

About this course

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The environmental and social context of Latin America and the Caribbean has evolved since the IDB's safeguards policies were developed more than 15 years ago. The new Environmental and Social Policy Framework emerges as an opportunity for improvement and harmonization of environmental and social standards within the IDB group and with other multilateral organizations. At the same time, it strengthens the efforts for the sustainable recovery of the region.

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 "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.

*Did you know there is a financial aid to opt for the verified certificate?

1. Do you know that 77% of our certificate students affirm that our MOOCs helped them when they were looking for a job? Participate in the course and find out if you are eligible for an IDBx scholarship to obtain your verified certificate and digital badge for free!

2. 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.

At a glance

  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English

What you'll learn

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At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of socio-environmental management
  • Communicate the scope of the new framework
  • Identify the objectives of socio-environmental standards
  • Recognize changes in socio-environmental policy
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities in socio-environmental management
  • Differentiate the scope of environmental and social mainstreaming activities from the management of socio-environmental risks


Standard 1 - "Assessment and Management of Environmental and Social Risks and Impacts "

Case 1: The new vaccination center on the coast

Standard 3 - "Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention "

Standard 4 - "Community Health, Safety, and Security "

Case 2: Increase in agroforestry productivity

Standard 6 - "Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources "

Standard 7 - "Indigenous Peoples"

Case 3: Improvement of irrigation in the Andean highlands

Standard 8 - "Cultural heritage"

Standard 9 - "Gender equality"

Case 4: Suburban Metro

Standard 2 - "Labor and Working Conditions "

Standard 5 - "Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement "


Standard 10 - "Stakeholder Engagement and Information Disclosure “

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What does “ AUDIT TRACK ” mean?

The audit track access to the course is free and you have 1 week to take the course from the day you subscribed.

What does “ VERIFIED TRACK ” mean?

If you want to obtain the verified certificate of the course, you should opt for the verified mode, which costs 10 USD, perform the edX identity verification process and and complete the necessary activities

This way, in addition to the approval certificate, verified with your personal information, you will have access to all the course’s evaluations, and you will be able to consult the learning resources indefinitely. If you pass this course after completing the necessary activities, you will also receive a digital badge that allows you to change the way you share your academic and professional achievements, as for example, on social media.

How can I apply for the IDBx scholarship to obtain the verified certificate and digital badge?

Participate in the course, and if you meet specific demographic or needs-based requirements, you can get an IDBx scholarship to obtain your verified certificate and digital badge that have a value of 10 USD, free of charge.

To receive your scholarship you must follow these steps:

1. Participate in the course and meet specific demographic or needs-based requirements to receive an email to redeem your coupon on the platform and change your course mode to the certified. Keep an eye on your inbox!

2. The coupon expires 15 days after receiving the email with your coupon to redeem.

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