Assessing the Social Impact of Development Projects

Experience in India and Other Asian Countries

  • Hari Mohan┬áMathur

Part of the Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research book series (AAHER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvii
  2. Hari Mohan Mathur
    Pages 1-15
  3. The Framework

  4. Policy and Practice of Social Impact Assessment in India

  5. Social Impact Assessment Experiences in other Asian countries

  6. Mitigating Adverse Social Impacts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-209
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 233-252

About this book


This book shows how social impact assessment (SIA), which emerged barely five decades ago, as a way to anticipate and manage potentially negative social impacts of building dams, power stations, urban infrastructure, highways, industries, mining and other development projects, is now widely in use as a planning tool, especially in developed countries. Although SIA has still not gained much acceptance among development planners in Asia, the situation is gradually changing. In India, SIA initially mandated as a policy guideline in 2007 is now a legal requirement. SIA in China has also recently become obligatory for certain types of development projects. Bangladesh, Laos, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are other Asian countries that provide examples from a variety of externally funded projects illustrating the use of social impact analysis in project planning to improve development outcomes. With contributions from an array of leading experts, this book is a valuable resource on SIA, indispensable for policymakers, planners, and practitioners in government, international development agencies, private-sector industry, private banks, consultants, teachers, researchers and students of social sciences and development studies, also NGOs everywhere, not in Asia alone.


Asian Development Project Economic Growth Impact Population Displacement Resettlement and Development Social Impact Assessment

Editors and affiliations

  • Hari Mohan┬áMathur
    • 1
  1. 1.Council for Social DevelopmentNew DelhiIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-19116-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-19117-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1879-7180
  • Series Online ISSN 1879-7199
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