Safeguards: A discussion

Physical infrastructure projects, like large road networks or ports, can contribute to the overarching development goals of a country in a macro sense. But if inappropriately managed, at a community level or even household level, they can have impacts that can compound poverty factors, inequality, access, even trauma.

These projects can block safe access to livelihoods or schools, they can resume the subsistence lands of a whole community, can bring outside and/or harmful influences to insulated communities, or force people to move away from the lands they’ve lived on for generations, which can have unforeseen and generational consequences.

Humanitarian engineering projects can even lead to harassment, abuse, human trafficking, or forced labour.

Join our informative discussion to learn about how Safeguards support positive impact, and hear stories of real solutions generated through meaningful collaboration between engineers, social and environmental scientists, local communities, and government agencies.


  • Ross Butler, Senior Social Specialist/Social Risk Coordinator, World Bank
  • David Wereh, Secretary, Department of Works Papua New Guinea
  • Tim Simpson, Assistant Director – Environment and Social Safeguards, Australian Infrastructure Finance Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Ellie Paon, Environment Coordinator, PNG Power
  • Dianah Lolo, Environmental Specialist, PNG Power


  • Jo Buldeski, Manager Advisory Services, Executive Committee Member, HEHub / Cardno International Development

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Event Details


Sep 07, 2022
8:00am - 9:30am