To improve access to a ‘safely-managed’ water supply and sanitation in selected areas of rural Bangladesh and to strengthen sector institutional capacity for water and sanitation.
The project will be co-financed with the World Bank (WB) and is expected to have 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, AIIB agrees that 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 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 illustrates policy, procedure and directives on how to assess specific ES risks and provide guidance to mitigate them. In line with the requirement of ESF, the 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. All ES instruments in English and their Summaries in Bengali will be disclosed in May 2020 in-country and on the WB’s and Client’s websites. Hard copies of the documents will also be made available in all field offices to support Project implementation. AIIB’s website will include links to the documentation on the WB’s and Client’s websites.
A Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) will be set up before Project implementation to address grievances and receive feedbacks from all stakeholders in a timely manner, including channels where physical presence is not required to lodge a complaint, given the COVID-19 situation in the country. 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.
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Senior Investment Operations Specialist
Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist
Md. Mahbubur Rahman Bhuiyan
Deputy Secretary, ERD, Ministry of Finance
Chief Engineer, DPHE