Promoters of development projects usually rely on favourable financial evaluations to decide whether or not to implement them. Some follow non-binding frameworks to minimise the negative impacts of these projects, but these are entirely voluntary. Faced with this situation, what we can do is use economic evaluations to determine whether a project will help achieve common interest objectives – such as generating a net increase in wealth and ensuring that it is equitably distributed within the communities concerned.
Therefore, we need to rehabilitate these methods to ensure that investments are better targeted.
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