The Project’s objectives are (i) to improve access to ‘safely-managed’ water supply and sanitation in selected areas of rural Bangladesh; and (ii) to strengthen sector institutional capacity for water and sanitation.
The Project will be co-financed with the World Bank (WB) and has the following six components:
The Project will be co-financed with the WB as lead co-financier, and its environmental and social (ES) risks and impacts have been assessed in accordance with the WB’s Environmental and Social Framework (ESF). To ensure a harmonized approach to addressing the ES risks and impacts of the Project, and as permitted under AIIB’s ESP, the WB’s ESF will apply to the Project in lieu of AIIB’s ESP. AIIB has reviewed the WB’s ESF and is satisfied that: (a) it is consistent with AIIB’s Articles of Agreement and materially consistent with the provisions of AIIB’s ESP, including the ES Exclusion List and the relevant ES Standards; and (b) the monitoring procedures that are in place are appropriate for the Project.
In general, the Project interventions are small-scale in nature, so they are not expected to have any significant or unmitigable ES impacts. The WB has categorized the ES risks of the Project as “Moderate” (which is equivalent to Category B if AIIB’s ESP were applicable). Specific sites are yet to be determined, thus an Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) has been prepared. The ESMF includes policy, procedures and directives on the assessment of specific ES risks applicable to the Project and provides guidance to mitigate them. In line with the requirement of the WB’s ESF, a Stakeholder Engagement Plan, Labor Management Procedure, and Environmental and Social Commitment Plan have been developed.
Stakeholder identification and engagement, consultation and communication were carried out. ES instruments and the Bengali summaries of ES instruments were disclosed in-country and on the WB’s website. Hard copies of the documents will also be made available in all field offices during implementation. AIIB’s website has included links to the documentation on the WB’s website.
A Project-level Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) will be set up before Project implementation to address grievances and receive feedback from all stakeholders in a timely manner, and will include channels where physical presence is not required to lodge a complaint, given the COVID-19 situation in the country. A basic GRM has been outlined for the workers to report any issues related to workplace safety and other concerns. The GRM will be cognizant of and follow required levels of discretion, and cultural appropriateness, especially when dealing with cases of sexual harassment and Gender-Based Violence.
Md. Mahbubur Rahman Bhuiyan
Deputy Secretary, ERD, Ministry of Finance
Mr. Saifur Rahman
Chief Engineer, DPHE