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Jakarta Post

New ADB proposal draws NGOs' criticism

  • Lilian Budianto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 13 2008   /  02:06 pm

The Asian Development Bank's (ADB) move to revise its 1995 safeguard policy drew strong criticism from Indonesian civil society organizations Tuesday. The policy contains rules for debtors carrying out development projects funded by the ADB. The Manila-based bank said the policy update was aimed at avoiding, minimizing or mitigating the adverse environmental impacts, social costs and marginalization of vulnerable groups that may result from the projects. However, civil society groups said ADB's proposal lacked protection and provisions to secure the rights of indigenous people. The new policy deliberately set a more lenient standard than the previous one, they said during a consultation forum with ADB executives. The opposing organizations included leading environment group Walhi, the International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development (INFID), financi...