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Social, Environmental and Climate Assessment Procedures (SECAP)

Managing risks to create opportunities

IFAD is committed to enhancing social, environmental and climate sustainability and resilience in the full range of its projects and programmes. Promoting a sustainable natural resource and economic base for rural people that is more resilient to climate change, environmental degradation and market transformation is at the core of delivering IFAD's poverty reduction and sustainable agriculture mandate.

The updated Social, Environmental and Climate Assessment Procedures (SECAP) lays out an improved framework and process for managing risks and impacts, and integrating mainstreaming priorities into new IFAD-supported investments.

SECAP (2021) aims to achieve better development outcomes through:

  • Environmental, social and climate due diligence of all proposed projects, proportionate to the nature and scale of the project, and the level of environmental, social and climate risks and impacts
  • Clear procedures to integrate IFAD’s mainstreaming themes (environment and climate change, gender, nutrition, and youth) into the project cycle in order to maximize positive social and environmental impact, and climate change adaptation and mitigation benefits
  • Commitment to work with borrowers to build their national systems for managing risks and enhancing development opportunities, where required
  • Timely stakeholder engagement, information disclosure and adequate grievance redress

SECAP is underpinned by IFAD Policy on the Disclosure of Documents and IFAD Complaints Procedures to respond to alleged complaints of non-compliance with IFAD's environmental and social policies and mandatory elements of SECAP.

Read more on SECAP disclosed documents

Read more on the accountability and complaints procedures

SECAP standards requirements checklists