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Use of Country Systems for Environmental and Social Safeguards Quality Assurance and Compliance Unit OPCS March 2008. What is Use of Country Systems?.

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What is use of country systems

Use of Country Systems for Environmental and Social Safeguards Quality Assurance and Compliance UnitOPCSMarch 2008


What is use of country systems

What is Use of Country Systems?

  • Under Paris Declaration March 2005 “Use of country systems” means the use of the borrower’s (environmental and social safeguard/fiduciary and procurement systems in place of the corresponding donor (e.g. World Bank) safeguard systems to meet donor safeguard requirements.

  • “Systems” refers to the borrower’s policies, laws, regulations, and formal procedures and its institutional capacity, processes and performance (“track record”) in implementing its laws, regulations and procedures.


Potential benefits of ucs for environmental and social safeguards

Potential Benefits of UCS for Environmental and Social Safeguards

  • Enhance borrower ownership and empowerment of safeguard policies

  • Improve Borrower capacity to implement own systems

  • Reduce transaction costs to Borrowers and Donors

  • Harmonize environmental and social safeguards among donors

  • Endorsed at High-Level Forums on Aid Effectiveness: Rome 2003, Paris 2005


Potential and perceived risks of using country systems

Potential and Perceived Risks of Using Country Systems

  • Dilution of Bank Safeguards

  • Loss of transparency

  • Loss of accountability

  • Higher up-front project preparation costs

  • Potential delays in project approval


Safeguard policies applicable to use of country systems

Environmental Assessment

Natural Habitats

Forests

Physical Cultural Resources

Involuntary Resettlement

Indigenous Peoples

Safety of Dams

Pest Management

Projects in International Waterways*

Projects in Disputed Areas*

* Not included in UCS

Safeguard Policies Applicable to Use of Country Systems


Equivalence

Equivalence

“The Bank considers the borrower’s environmental and social safeguard system to be equivalent to the Bank’s if the borrower’s system is designed to achieve the Objectives and adhere to the Operational Principles set out in Table A1.”


Acceptability

Acceptability

  • Borrower’s Institutional Capacity

  • Implementation practices

  • Performance (“Track record”)


Gap filling

Gap-Filling

  • Borrower must be willing and able to fill gaps in its legal system and implementation practices so as to achieve Equivalence and Acceptability

  • Such measures are to be carried out before the borrower undertakes implementation of the relevant project activities.

  • Measures may include Bank-supported efforts to strengthen relevant capacity, incentives and methods for implementation


Changes in borrower systems during project implementation

Changes in Borrower Systems during Project Implementation

  • Applies to borrower legislation, regulations, procedures or implementation

  • If changes signify improvement in country systems, possible revision of legal agreement, with Board approval, to reflect changes

  • If changes inconsistent with agreed legal framework, Bank contractual remedies apply


Ucs pilot projects approved and in implementation

UCS Pilot Projects Approved and in Implementation

  • Bhutan: Rural Transport

  • Egypt: Industrial Pollution Abatement

  • Ghana: Energy Development

  • Jamaica: Inner City Basic Services Project

  • Romania: Municipal Services Project

  • Romania:Transport Sector Support Project

  • Tunisia: Municipal Solid Waste Management

    Several Projects Were Co-Financed by Bilateral Donors

    and Multilateral Financial Institutions


Ucs pilot projects in the pipeline

UCS Pilot Projects in the Pipeline

  • In preparation:

    • India: Electrical Transmission

    • South Africa: GEF Protected Areas Management

    • Uganda: Roads Project – AfDB-funded

    • Morocco: Solid Waste Management (DPL)

  • Under consideration:

    • Bhutan: Urban Infrastructure

    • Ghana: Transport sector

    • Laos: Transport sector

    • Tunisia: Water Supply

    • Brazil: Development Finance Institution (FI)


Results beyond the world bank

Results: Beyond the World Bank

  • Inter-American Development Bank has adopted revised safeguard policies that allow for UCS

  • Asian Development Bank has proposed that its revised safeguard policies allow for UCS

  • African Development Bank is using the Bank policy as a framework for testing the UCS approach in Uganda

  • World Bank is actively sharing information on our experience with other development organizations, professional organizations and CSOs/NGOs


Ucs website

UCS Website

Details on the approach to Use of Country Systems and on Pilot Projects as well as SDRs and project documentation are available at:

www.worldbank.org/country systems


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