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Assessing the Social Impact of Development Projects

Experience in India and Other Asian Countries

  • Hari Mohan Mathur

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 Mathur
    • 1
  1. 1.Council for Social DevelopmentNew DelhiIndia

About the editors

Hari Mohan Mathur is Visiting Professor, Council for Social Development, New Delhi. Earlier, as a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), he has held senior positions in the Government of India, as well as in the State of Rajasthan, including as Chief Secretary to the Government of Rajasthan. In addition, Dr Mathur has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of Rajasthan. He has also worked for the United Nations, World Bank and ADB as staff member and consultant on Development Management and Involuntary Resettlement issues. He has served as Development Administration Specialist at the UN Asian and Pacific Development Centre, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and was United Nations Adviser to the Government of Uganda in Kampala. In addition, Dr Mathur has been staff consultant to several other UN organizations, including World Bank, ADB, FAO, UNDP, UNDTCD, UNESCAP, and UNESCO.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Assessing the Social Impact of Development Projects
  • Book Subtitle Experience in India and Other Asian Countries
  • Editors Hari Mohan Mathur
  • Series Title Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research
  • Series Abbreviated Title Advs Asian Human-Environmental Res.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-19116-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-79265-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-19117-1
  • Series ISSN 1879-7180
  • Series E-ISSN 1879-7199
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXXVII, 252
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Urban Geography / Urbanism (inc. megacities, cities, towns)
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“The aims of this book include discussing the complex relationships among physical landscapes, natural resources, and their modification by human land use in various Asian environments. …   This publication is a useful resource for governments, multilateral development agencies, policymakers, development planners, practitioners, researchers, trainers, environmentalists, social scientists, consultants, academic activists and others who are increasingly beginning to see SIA as a tool for planning better development.” (Lina María Rosales, E&U Environment & Urbanization,, January, 2016)