Introduction to the World Bank Environmental and Social Framework
Self-Paced eLearning

Introduction to the World Bank Environmental and Social Framework

On August 4, 2016, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved the Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) to help protect people and the environment in the investment projects it finances. The Environmental and Social Framework is made up of the World Bank’s vision for sustainable development, the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Policy for Investment Project Financing, and ten Environmental and Social Standards. These set out the mandatory requirements for the World Bank and for Borrowers to address environmental and social risks and impacts in investment projects. Examples of these requirements include conducting environmental and social impact assessments, consulting with affected communities about potential project impacts, and restoring the livelihoods of displaced people. This self-paced eLearning course will introduce participants to the content of the Environmental and Social Framework. It is strongly recommended that participants carefully read the ESF together with the course in order to deepen their understanding of the ESF. The ESF and other resource materials are available on:

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- Jan 31, 2023
I've completed the ESF course but could not access the evalution neither the certificate.


- Jan 26, 2023
Please how can I large the leaning page. It's not opening. I need help


- Jan 18, 2023
I just started de course and I can not move from page 2. What can I do?


- Jan 17, 2023
Hello, I am just beginning the course, but I am not able to move from page 02/19. I need help.


- Jan 9, 2023
I just completed the ESF course but could not access the evalution neither the certificate!. Is there a possibility to access them?

Maged Hesham

- Dec 30, 2022
The course is wonderful and useful in the field of environmental and social impact assessment


- Dec 4, 2022
Hopefully, training courses be impressive and reactive to utilize upon the affected population. I cannot open the link yet, I will try to open it and strive to catch up the training courses that are going to be interesting. Shall I get the certificate for the completion of the course?


- Nov 2, 2022
Well informative course


- Sep 6, 2022
A very ease to understand course designed in very simple language and concepts. Cant access the evaluation page and certificate (if any)


- Aug 31, 2022
very interesting course but i could not get open the portion of (submit your evaluation) consequently there is no certificate on the completion of this course.
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