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

The Inter-American Development Bank promotes sustainable development for Latin America and the Caribbean. As a consequence, it provides orientations that contribute to appropriate management of environmental and social risks that can result from the implementation of projects in the region.

In this course we will see why it is important to manage environmental and social risks in a timely manner in areas such as the environment, work and labor conditions, community health and safety, involuntary resettlement, indigenous peoples, and gender equality.

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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.

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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At a glance

  • Language: English

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).

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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. (If there is less than 1 week until the end of the course when you enrolled to it, you will have the time left until the course ends).

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.

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 with 65%, 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.

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