Environmental and Social Benchmark

Sound management of environmental and social (E&S) risks protects the environment and safeguards project-affected people and workers. Sound risk management also secures a social licence to operate, a broad social acceptance within the project communities, and therefore guards against a variety of social risks during construction and operation. 
Projects supported by GET FiT are required to comply with Ugandan regulations and international standards, particularly the environmental and social performance standards (PS) of the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The IFC PS act as a global benchmark and are widely applied by international financing institutions and private investors, also making these a convenient common reference point in multi-donor funded initiatives like GET FiT. It is important to note that the Ugandan regulations and the IFC PS have many similarities, though there are also some important differences. For example, the IFC PS require that compensation for loss of assets is based on full replacement cost (market value + transaction costs) rather than Uganda’s requirement of using the lower depreciated value. The IFC PS also requires biodiversity offsets when a project impacts a protected area such as a national park. The current Ugandan legislation does not require such offsets.