World Bank Australia Safeguard Partnership Program (WBASP)

The World Bank


The World Bank Australia Safeguards Partnership (WBASP) is a multi-year partnership program between the World Bank and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The partnership was established to help countries in the East Asia Pacific (EAP) region meet their growing infrastructure needs in a way that is environmentally and socially sustainable.

WBASP provides capacity building support to different types of stakeholders, such as government officials, academics, private sector, etc. It focuses on issues related to environmental and social assessment and management, which is a tool used in infrastructure projects. Projects can be located in rural and urban areas.

Assistance Criteria

The WBASP works to:

  • Help EAP countries improve their environmental and social safeguard and standards frameworks
  • Strengthen their technical capacity to design and implement environmental and social safeguards and standards in the context of infrastructure project development
  • Advance international good practice and promote the use of a shared approach on environmental and social standards among development banks and private-sector investors in the region



The amount of support varies by project.

Support Type

  • Technical Assistance


Project Stage

  • Local Government Capacity Building


  • Renewable Energy
  • Water, Sanitation, and Waste
  • Transportation/Mobility
  • Low Carbon Technology (ITC/Open Data)
  • Urban Public and Green Space
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Land Use and Nature-based Solutions
  • Adaptation and Resilience
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