Negative Social Impacts of Development Projects Highlighted in New Book

Arlington, VA, January 21, 2015 --( Amakella Publishing announced today the publication of "Social Safeguards: Avoiding the Unintended Impacts of Development," a new book authored by Rodolfo Tello, scheduled for release on April 1, 2015 (ISBN 978-1-63387-011-6, hardcover, 8.5 x 5.5 inches, 134 pages, distributed by Ingram). This book addresses the unintended social impacts of development projects in developing countries and points out the need to carry out significant improvements in the way international financial institutions implement their safeguard policies.

Large-scale development projects oftentimes create negative impacts that affect vulnerable populations with particular intensity. Projects likely to displace families from their homes, degrade the living conditions of indigenous peoples or intensify social conflicts at local levels are not uncommon. Social safeguards are intended to prevent these and other unintended impacts, and when they cannot be averted, develop appropriate measures to mitigate them.

The practical implementation of social safeguards, however, is plagued with a series of structural problems. The collection of stories from the field presented in this book illustrate in a unique way the principles and application of social safeguards in the context of projects funded by multilateral organizations, identifying key challenges in their implementation and exploring paths to overcome those limitations.

This book is currently available for advance review at

About the author: Rodolfo Tello was responsible for supervising the appropriate implementation of the social safeguard policies of a large multilateral bank, particularly on issues related to involuntary resettlement, indigenous peoples and sustainable development. He worked in different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. He holds a PhD in anthropology from American University and has a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Publisher: Amakella Publishing is an independent book publishing company registered in Arlington, Virginia. Our main genres include social sciences, international development, environmental conservation and other works of creative nonfiction. To request an advance copy for review, contact the author, or obtain additional information about the book, please contact Amakella Publishing at or by phone at (202) 239-8381. Further details can be also found on the company's website (
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