Social Impact Assessment in China and its Overseas Investments: Some Recent Developments

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    In China, SIA dimension in development has recently emerged in response to growing protests against displacement. This chapter provides a comprehensive overview on these new developments. Initially, planning for rapid development focused mainly on technical, economic and financial aspects, with social and environmental aspects remaining into the background. Gradually, things began to change. In 1989, environment emerged as an additional input into the process of development planning. While formal SIA does not exist in China as yet, key development agencies have begun moving in this direction. And for certain kinds of projects SIA has now become a formal requirement. In addition to focusing on SIA experience in China, this overview also looks at the impacts of it growing investment projects in Africa and other countries in Asia and Latin America. The Chinese companies are not particularly known for integrating social and environmental concerns in investment projects abroad. Efforts are currently continuing to improve the situation both in overseas projects and also in projects at home. But still there is a long way to go.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAssessing the Social Impact of Development Projects: Experience in India and Other Asian Countries
    Editors Hari Mohan Mathur
    Place of PublicationIndia
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-19117-1
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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