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Development Banks and Sustainability in the Andean Amazon

ISBN 9781032087931
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
292 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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  2. Standardizing Sustainable Development: A Comparison of Development Banks in the Americas  3. Greening Development Lending in the Americas: Trends and Determinants  4. Sustainable Development For People or With People? Safeguards and Infrastructure-Related Deforestation in the Andean Amazon, 2000-2015  5. Environmental and Social Safeguards for Infrastructure Projects in the Southern Peruvian Amazon  6. Evading Sustainable Development Standards: Case Studies on Hydroelectric Projects in Ecuador  7. The Effectiveness of the Safeguards in Place for Three Highway Projects in Bolivia  8. In their own time, on their own terms: Improving development bank project outcomes through community-centered sustainable development partnerships in the Brazilian Amazon

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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 PacĂ­fico, Peru