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Friday, March 15 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
Managing adverse impacts of development projects

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According to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), an “adverse human rights impact” occurs when an action, by a business enterprise, removes or reduces the ability of an individual to enjoy his or her human rights. This session will look at the adverse impact of developments projects – including those funded by international financial institutions (IFIs) such as the World Bank, International Financial Corporation, Asia Development Bank, and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank – on the full range of human rights of individuals and communities. Such large-scale economic and industrial development often impacts disproportionately indigenous peoples and their rights to lands, territories and natural resources.
In many instances, these development projects take place with complete disregard to communities’ right to participate in the control, implementation and the benefits of development and involve little effective consultation (including Free, Prior and Informed Consent in appropriate cases) with the affected communities. By discussing a number of case studies, this session will make a case for a rights-based bottom-up approach to development, in which the human rights of individuals and communities form the core of any development activity.

This session aims to:
  • Enable sharing of experiences of adverse human rights impact by civil society organizations (CSOs);
  • Understand the reasons for reckless development that ignores the human rights of people and the environment;
  • Discuss the role that CSOs can play to encourage businesses and IFIs to conduct effective and comprehensive human rights impact assessment before starting any development project;
  • Explore the role that CSOs can play to hold IFIs and the relevant companies’ accountability for human rights abuses; and
  • Consider how to promote an idea of development that respects rights of impacted individuals and communities and contributes to an inclusive and sustainable development.

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Lorenzo Urbinati

Senior Programme Officer, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)


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Asia Indigenous People’s Pact
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Sandun Thudugala

Director Programs, Law and Society Trust
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Sarin Vaidya

Project Manager Girls Advocacy Alliance, Child Workers in Nepal Concerned Center (CWIN)
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Pooja Gupta

National Coordinator, India Ban Asbestos Network
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Amita Joseph

Director, Business & Community Foundation
Dr. Amita V. Joseph has graduated from Madras University, done PGDM (Management ), has a law degree (Delhi University), PGDM (Human Rights) from the Law Institute & a PhD from Deakin University (Australia).Amita has experience in the Corporate, development & Legal sectors over three... Read More →

Friday March 15, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm +0530
Senate Lounge First floor