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Major report on how human rights impact assessments should be conducted for projects backed by export credit agencies, World Bank, IFC, etc.

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1 July 2004

[PDF] Risk, responsibility and human rights: Taking a rights-based approach to trade and project finance

Author: NGO Working Group on EDC [Export Development Canada], Halifax Initiative Coalition

[T]his discussion paper proposes a framework, based on best practices, for mainstreaming human rights concerns into all stages of the project cycle [for projects supported by export credit agencies, World Bank, IFC and other public international financial institutions]...[T]he framework covers four key phases: i) the preparatory phase of the project (feasibility study, needs and options assessment); ii), the project development phase (Human Rights Impact Assessment); iii) [public international financial institution] project categorization, review and appraisal (screening, categorization including ‘No Go’ zones and categorical prohibitions review, setting conditionalities); and finally, iv) project implementation (monitoring and compliance). [refers to Nortel Networks]

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2 May 2004

[PDF] Risk Responsibility and Human Rights:Assessing the Human Rights Impacts ofTrade and Project Finance

Author: NGO Working Group on EDC [Export Development Canada], Halifax Initiative Coalition

Final Report for a Panel Discussion and Expert Meeting - [Participants concluded that challenges to effective human rights impact assessment include that industry and government largely view them as only a technical hurdle; they rarely give public participation sufficient attention; public disclosure, timing of release, commercial confidentiality and transparency are all highly contentious; measures must be developed to guarantee the quality, independence and appropriate categorization of assessments; and impact assessments are typically conducted too far along into the project cycle.] [P]articipants made recommendations in the final session with respect to three key issues: meaningful participation and stakeholder involvement, the development of ‘no go’ criteria, and the need for better monitoring and compliance. [refers to ABN Amro, Nortel Networks]

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