Safeguarding Human Rights in Land Related Investments
Comparison of the Voluntary Guidelines Land with the IFC Performance Standards and the World Bank Environmental and Social Safeguard Framework
This study was commissioned by the German Federal ministry for Economic Cooperation and development in order to help identify whether there are differences and potential issues in the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of national Food Security that are currently omitted or only partially covered by the IFC Performance Standards or the World Bank Safeguards. It will also discuss how potential gaps might be addressed. The intention of the ministry is that development policy actors in Germany that apply the IFC Performance Standards or the World Bank Safeguards can make use of this study to analyse in how far their own use of policies and standards should address potential gaps. Moreover, it will analyse whether there are issues that require closer examination and further investigation in order to provide a complete and adequate framework/international legal instrument committed to ensure the respect for and implementation of human rights.