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Incorporating social dimensions into Bank supported projects

The Social Analysis Sourcebook presents a conceptual framework for social analysis and describes how task teams can incorporate its principles into a project cycle. It provides generic guidance on good practice to improve the quality of social analysis and to improve its impact by harnessing it to examine the social opportunities, constraints and likely impacts of Bank-supported operations. Sourcebook

As annexes to the Sourcebook, a series of   Sector- and Theme-specific Guidance Notes for Social Analysis have been also developed to address key social concerns relevant to particular sectors and themes to be incorporated into the project. 

The  Sourcebook describes an approach that is open-ended in terms of social development outcomes and yet practical. The Sourcebook highlights five 'entry-points', or dimensions of enquiry, for social scientists working to incorporate social dimensions into Bank-supported projects:

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Social diversity and gender;

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Institutions, rules and behavior; 

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Stakeholders; 

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Participation; and 

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Social risks (including, but not limited to, social safeguards).

To document the practical application of social analysis in Bank-funded projects, a series of Good Practice Notes have been published, including most recently for the Bolivia Rural Alliances Project (pdf - 996kb) and the Jharkhand Participatory Forestry Management Project 




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Social Analysis Sourcebook

Good Practice Notes