Madagascar: the African Development Bank builds capacities on social and environmental safeguards in the implementation of projects

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org), in collaboration with the Malagasy government, is organizing, from November 18 to 20, a training workshop on environmental and social safeguards in the implementation of projects financed by the institution in Madagascar.

This workshop is the culmination of an observation of the improvement needs relating to the implementation and monitoring of environmental and social measures of projects under implementation and financed by the Bank.

The training workshop has several objectives: building the capacities of stakeholders on the requirements of national legislation applicable to projects and those of funding agreements; better ownership of roles and responsibilities in the implementation and monitoring of environmental and social measures for projects; a good understanding of the project complaints mechanism; an improvement in the environmental and social performance of the portfolio of projects financed by the Bank in Madagascar.

The workshop, which takes place in virtual mode, brings together more than 80 participants and experts, from executing agencies, the Project Management Unit, the Ministry of the Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Environment. The National Environmental Office, the Ministry in charge of Labor, the Ministry in charge of Domains and Land, the Economic Development Council of Madagascar (EDBM) are also present.

At the opening of the workshop, Ms. Volatantely Randrianjanaka, the Director of Public Debt, on behalf of the Minister of Economy and Finance of Madagascar, welcomed the theme addressed on this occasion.

According to Mohamed Cherif, country manager of the African Development Bank, “this workshop will build capacity on the country’s environmental and social safeguards in general and on projects financed by the African Development Bank in particular as well as ‘stakeholder engagement during project implementation. “

The Bank’s experts and those of the country ensure the facilitation of the workshop by presenting the importance and the challenges relating to the environmental and social aspects of the projects. The implementation of projects can sometimes have impacts as well as serious environmental and social risks. A good assessment of these aspects is able to ensure the environmental and social sustainability of projects, an important element in economic growth and poverty reduction in Africa.

The Bank is committed to ensuring the social and environmental sustainability of the projects it supports. To this end, it has set up a set of tools contained in its Integrated Safeguards System and the objective of which is to promote the well-being of African populations, in accordance with its five strategic priorities called “High 5”.

Distributed by APO Group pour African Development Bank Group (AfDB).

Media contact:
Amadou Mansour Diouf
Department of Communication and External Relations
African development bank
Email : a.diouf@afdb.org

About the African Development Bank Group:
The African Development Bank Group (BAD) (www.AfDB.org) is the first multilateral financing institution dedicated to the development of Africa. It comprises three distinct entities: the African Development Bank (BAD), the African Development Fund (FAD) and the Nigeria Trust Fund (FSN). The BAD is present on the ground in 44 African countries, with a field office in Japan, and contributes to the economic development and social progress of its 54 regional member states. For more information : j.mp/AfDB_Media

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