Modernizing the Safeguard Policy Statement
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is conducting a comprehensive review and update of the 2009 Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS). In the 10 years of the policy’s implementation, ADB has improved the capacity of developing member countries and private sector clients to manage social and environmental risks. With the changing contexts in countries and regions, the SPS needs to be updated to remain relevant and robust in responding to evolving development needs. Read the Background Information Paper on the Safeguard Review Process and its brochure.
The review process will be informed by the findings and studies conducted under the following:
Independent Evaluation Department evaluation reports
- Corporate Evaluation on the Effectiveness of the 2009 Safeguard Policy Statement
- Safeguards Operational Review: ADB Processes, Portfolio, Country Systems, and Financial Intermediaries
Technical assistance projects supporting the review and update
- Technical Assistance Report for KSTA (53125-001)-REG: Strengthening Safeguards Implementation in ADB Projects
- Technical Assistance Report KSTA (54203-001)-Reg: Strengthening ADB's Safeguard Policy Provisions and Procedures
Accountability Mechanism reports
Preliminary Information Sessions on ADB’s Safeguard Policy Review (completed) The preliminary information sessions to introduce the stakeholder engagement plan for the Safeguard Policy review have been completed.