Title: Social impact assessment: a case study of a sewerage project in Barbados

Authors: Prasanta Kumar Dey, Calvin Husbands

Addresses: Operations and Information Management Group, Aston Business School, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham B4 7ET, UK ' University of the West Indies, Cavehill Capmpus, Bridgetown, Barbados, West Indies

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to investigate the reasons of social impacts of projects in developing countries despite of thorough impact assessment in appraisal phase of projects. A case study approach on a sewerage project in Barbados was undertaken using primary and secondary information. The study reveals that although the impact assessment report suggested appropriate mitigation measures, but they were not implemented by the contractors. The study suggests fostering an interconnected and symbiotic relationship between appraisal and implementation phases of a project in order to manage project environment. Additionally, a more vigilant and proactive supervisory role should be instituted and strengthened over time and adapted within the dictates of environmental needs.

Keywords: social impact assessment; Barbados; project appraisal; project implementation; developing countries; sewerage project; environmental needs; environmental impact.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESD.2005.007923

International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development, 2005 Vol.4 No.4, pp.464 - 477

Published online: 01 Oct 2005 *

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