Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Cities in formulating an Involuntary Resettlement Policy and Guidelines to improve social sustainability in urban development and infrastructure projects



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Secondary Cities
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The Ministry of Cities/National Housing Secretariat has requested the support of the World Bank in providing technical assistance for the formulation of an overall policy framework and the preparation of guidelines for the implementation of involuntary resettlement and the improvement of social sustainability in infrastructure development programs financed by federal authorities. These will support the implementation of the Phase II of the Programa de Aceleração do Crescimento (PAC) in the development of critical urban housing, slum upgrading, and more broadly the realization of public infrastructure programs throughout the country. In particular, the issue of Involuntary Resettlement has become of paramount importance in light of the significant expansion in publicly funded infrastructure investments planned in the upcoming five years. The latter include investments for economic growth under PAC II in addition to the infrastructure needed to accommodate major upcoming international sporting events. This proposal builds on a piece of analytical work conducted in 2010-2011 that examined the design and implementation of involuntary resettlement programs in Brazil, as well as on work conducted to think about the improvement of the so-called “trabalho social” carried out within Federal and State-sponsored slum upgrading programs as part of a trust funded activity.
The objective of this non-lending technical assistance proposal (NLTA) to support the Government of Brazil is two-fold, i.e.: 1. establish effective systems to implement involuntary resettlement programs associated with urban housing and slum upgrading projects and programs, and to the extent feasible for overall infrastructure programs financed by the Federal Government; 2. promote the incorporation of measures to mainstream social sustainability in all infrastructure development programs. The overarching program in which these objectives will be achieved is the PAC II illustrated above
COMPONENT ONE: Assisting the Government of Brazil in drafting a National Resettlement Policy and Guidelines for implementation of involuntary resettlement programs. COMPONENT TWO: Improving social sustainability issues in the design and implementation of infrastructure development programs. COMPONENT THREE: Consultation with national stakeholders in support of a policy dialogue on resettlement issues and social sustainability of infrastructure development programs.
Expected Impacts and Results
1) Improvement of resettlement practices at the sector level 2) Improvement of resettlement practices at a regional and local level 3) Increased national capacity on involuntary resettlement through the expansion and reinforcement of a country-wide community of practice in involuntary resettlement 4) Improvement of social interventions in selected informal settlements