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Development Banks and Sustainability in the Andean Amazon

1st Edition

Edited by Rebecca Ray, Kevin P. Gallagher, Cynthia A. Sanborn


278 pages | 27 B/W Illus.

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This book explores what development banks, governments, and communities have learned in the last decade of careful negotiation between social and environmental protections in the Andean Amazon, and the pressures of a surging infrastructure and development boom.

While mega-dams, highways, and ports are filling up the pipelines of planners, the national governments of Andean and Amazon-basin countries and major development banks have enacted ambitious social and environmental protections. The book traces the development of social and environmental protections after years of struggle by affected communities, going beyond official policies to discover how these reforms work in practice, and ultimately whether they are enough to stem the risks of infrastructure mega-projects. As Chinese public banks play an increasingly important role in the region, the book also demonstrates that there is a risk of governments undercutting their own standards. By contrast, this book shows that making infrastructure work for everyone involved requires mutually reinforcing networks of support and accountability among communities, governments, and development banks.

This book, led by an expert multi-disciplinary, international team, will be of considerable interest to researchers in the fields of development and development economics, geography, anthropology, and ecology, as well as practitioners in development banks and in government regulatory and foreign aid agencies.

Table of Contents

1. Standardizing Sustainable Development? Development Banks in the Andean Amazon

Rebecca Ray, Kevin P. Gallagher, and Cynthia Sanborn

2. Standardizing Sustainable Development: A Comparison of Development Banks in the Americas

Kevin P. Gallagher and Fei Yuan

3. Greening Development Lending in the Americas: Trends and Determinants

Fei Yuan and Kevin P. Gallagher

4. Sustainable Development For People or With People? Safeguards and Infrastructure-Related Deforestation in the Andean Amazon, 2000-2015

Rebecca Ray

5. Environmental and Social Safeguards for Infrastructure Projects in the Southern Peruvian Amazon

Juan Luis Dammert

6. Evading Sustainable Development Standards: Case Studies on Hydroelectric Projects in Ecuador

Maria Cristina Vallejo , Betty Espinosa , Francisco Venes , Víctor López , Susana Anda

7. The Effectiveness of the Safeguards in Place for Three Highway Projects in Bolivia

Lykke E. Andersen , Susana del Granado , Agnes Medinaceli , Miguel Antonio Roca

8. In their own time, on their own terms: Improving development bank project outcomes through community-centered sustainable development partnerships in the Brazilian Amazon

Julie Michelle Klinger

About the Editors

Rebecca Ray is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Global Development Policy Center, Boston University, USA

Kevin P. Gallagher is Director of the Global Development Policy Center, Boston University, USA

Cynthia A. Sanborn is Professor of Political Science at the Universidad del Pacífico, Peru

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Latin American Development

The series features innovative and original research on Latin American development from scholars both within and outside of Latin America. It particularly promotes comparative and interdisciplinary research targeted at a global readership.

In terms of theory and method, rather than basing itself on any one orthodoxy, the series draws broadly on the tool kit of the social sciences in general, emphasizing comparison, the analysis of the structure and processes, and the application of qualitative and quantitative methods.

The series welcomes submissions from established and junior authors on cutting-edge and high-level research on key topics that feature in global news and public debate. To submit proposals, please contact the Editor, Helena Hurd ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Caribbean & Latin American
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries