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Letter: AIIB must ensure its project address interaction of climate change and gender

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LettersAIIB must ensure its projects address the interaction of climate change and gender

Readers discuss the impact of the multilateral lender’s projects on women, the role food companies can play in the fight against climate change, and key opinion leaders getting embroiled in scamsBelt and Road InitiativeLettersPublished: 11:30am, 29 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Feel strongly about these letters, or any other aspects of the news? Share your views by emailing us your Letter to the Editor at [email protected] or filling in this Google form. Submissions should not exceed 400 words, and must include your full name and address, plus a phone number for verification.Given that the annual meeting of the Beijing-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) convened this week, it is timely to review its gender and climate track record. Since 2016, the AIIB has been lending funds to developing countries primarily for infrastructure projects.

Yet the AIIB lacks a stand-alone gender policy and gender experts, which are needed to ensure projects are gender-responsive. While policies alone are insufficient, they are a prerequisite for avoiding harm.

The AIIB’s Environmental and Social Framework that guides loan preparation and implementation ranked weakly in our 2023 report on international financial institutions’ rhetorical gender and climate promises, which surveyed a dozen development banks, for hardly addressing harmful climate change impacts on women.

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