|Project Title||Environmental Impacts of Global Development Projects|
|Project Summary||Analyze environmental impacts of development projects in countries involved with the Belt and Road Initiative in order to inform best practices and provide lessons learned.|
|Agency||Department of State|
|Number of Interns||1|
China has been expanding its Belt and Road Initiative since 2013 with the intent to enhance economic development and inter-regional connectivity. The Belt and Road Initiative has a heavy focus on funding infrastructure development projects in other developing countries. Given that such Chinese development projects do not necessarily follow the environmental and social safeguards required by multilateral development banks, the environmental and social impact of such projects is currently known only anecdotally or entirely unknown.
This project will help research and analyze environmental impacts of development projects in countries involved with the Belt and Road Initiative. Data collected on development projects will help inform best practices, and provide lessons learned that can be applied to ongoing and future development projects. The intern will help create a database of international development projects in Belt and Road countries, draft policy papers in areas of interest, facilitate cooperation with multilateral institutions, create country-specific fact sheets, and complete other written research documents. This internship is perfect for students interested in the environmental impacts of international development and geopolitics of China’s foreign relations.