Involuntary Resettlement Safeguards: A Planning and Implementation Good Practice Sourcebook (Draft Working Document)

Date: November 2012
Type: Guides
ADB administration and governance; Social development and protection


The draft Sourcebook focuses on the Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS) requirements pertaining to involuntary resettlement. It aims to add clarity, provide further technical guidance and recommend good practice in the implementation of the SPS. It is for the use of ADB staff and consultants, borrowers/clients and executing agencies, private sector clients, and resettlement practitioners, including non-government organizations and civil society. The draft Sourcebook is a working document and will be revised from time to time. As such, any comments on the contents and style of the draft Sourcebook are highly welcome.

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This is an updated version of the draft originally posted in April 2011, based on feedback received. This working document was prepared by staff of Asian Development Bank. It is not an exhaustive nor definitive treatment of the issues. The interpretations and contents therein do not necessarily reflect the views of the ADB's Board of Governors nor the governments they represent. The Asian Development Bank does not guarantee the accuracy of the data included in this work and accepts no responsibility for any consequences of their use. Use of the term 'country' does not imply any judgment by the Asian Development Bank as to the legal or other status of any territorial entity.


  • Introduction 
  • Objectives, Scope and Triggers, and Principles of ADB Policy 
  • Assessment of Social Impacts 
  • Resettlement Planning 
  • Disclosure, Consultation and Participation, and Grievance Redress 
  • Resettlement Plan Implementation 
  • Income Restoration and Improvement 
  • Institutional Arrangements and Capacity Development 
  • Resettlement Supervision, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting 
  • Reference Materials
  • Appendixes