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

Prasanta K. Dey*, Calvin Husbands

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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. Copyright © 2005 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)464-477
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental and Sustainable Development
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • Barbados
  • project appraisal and implementation
  • social impact assessment


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