This document provides general guidance for conducting a Social Impact Assessment (SIA) and for
preparing a SIA report. It is applicable for projects where the Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) screening has identified a need to assess social risk and impact issues. The purpose of the SIA is to identify and analyse potential adverse impacts and to ensure that the needs and conditions of people affected by a proposed project are fully taken into account in project design and that suitable mitigation measures are identified as needed. It should also contribute to enhancing opportunities for developmental benefits for affected groups.