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Giving Aid EffectivelyThe Politics of Environmental Performance and Selectivity at Multilateral Development Banks$
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Mark T Buntaine

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190467456

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190467456.001.0001

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Administrative Procedures

Administrative Procedures

Avoiding Delays with Environmentally Risky Projects

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Giving Aid Effectively

Mark T. Buntaine

Oxford University Press

In response to failures to protect local people from environmental harm in development projects, the multilateral development banks established safeguard procedures. These procedures require environmental reviews of all projects before they can be approved. Because staff at the multilateral development banks have strong incentives to avoid delays to the approval of projects, results from evaluations provide information about likely delays because of low borrower performance or commitment. Since staff and management have strong incentives to approve projects, safeguard procedures have caused both the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank to practice selectivity related to environmentally risky projects. This result does not hold for the African Development Bank, which did not implement strong safeguard procedures during the study period.

Keywords:   environmental safeguard, administrative procedure, environmental impact, project evaluation, project approval, environmentally risky project

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