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Environmental and Social Safeguard Policy for the Aid Program

31 January 2018

Summary of publication

The Environmental and Social Safeguard Policy for the Aid Program (policy) outlines a consolidated approach to managing safeguard risks in the Australian aid program. The policy provides guidance on DFAT’s safeguard responsibilities in aid investments and how to meet them. The policy applies to all DFAT Official Development Assistance funded aid investments regardless of value or funding mechanism, including the Direct Aid Program.

The policy:

  • sets out why DFAT applies specific safeguards
  • identifies safeguard principles to guide how DFAT manages environmental and social safeguards, including when working with partners
  • sets out requirements for five key safeguards:
    1. Environmental protection
    2. Children, vulnerable and disadvantaged groups
    3. Displacement and resettlement
    4. Indigenous peoples
    5. Health and safety

Full publication

Last Updated: 13 February 2018

Category: Aid

Topic: Environment