Management of the Asian Development Bank is proposing an update to its 1995 involuntary resettlement policy. Ted Downing and Ted Scudder sent an expert opinion to the ADB Board of Director stating the social policy upgrade (SPU) would increase impoverishment.  Incredibly, the ADB policy unit decided NOT to publish or respond to these comments-response matrix.  This means the Downing-Scudder concerns may not be addressed in the new consultation.  Now the letter is really worth reviewing – as it obviously hit a sensitive nerve in the policy.