The objective of this assignment is to update the existing sector-wide Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF), to be applicable in the SREP context based on an assessment of SREP activities that may involve involuntary resettlement. According to the World Bank’s Operational Policy 4.12 (Involuntary Resettlement), a project requires that the implementing agency screens sub-projects or possible activities to be financed by the Bank to ensure their consistency with OP4.12
A comprehensive desk review was carried out to update the RPF based on the most accurate and available information. This included a review of policies, laws and regulations pertaining to resettlement as well as resettlement policy frameworks for other sectors. The review also included the currently available information on the prospective projects under the Renewable Energy Electrification Program (REEP) and the Scale-up Renewable Energy Program (SREP). The REEP focuses on the development of mini-grids systems based on small hydro and biomass, backed up by photovoltaic (PV) systems. A number of consultations with key stakeholders such as the Rural renewable Energy Agency were conducted as a part of the RPF preparation.
The main deliverable for project was a Resettlement Management Framework document that describes the prospective mini-grid systems in Lofa County as well as the legal and institutional framework for resettlement in Liberia. The RPF furthermore describes planning requirements in connection with resettlement processes, eligibility criteria (entitlement matrix) as well as valuation principles and grievance procedures.
- Analysis of legal and organizational resettlement framework and practices in Liberia
- Consultations with key resettlement process stakeholders
- Preparation of a Resettlement Policy Framework for the World Bank funded Scale-up Renewable Energy Program (SREP)