What, Why, Who, When & How
Resettlement Planning, Livelihoods Restoration & aspects of SIA


A 3-day residential course for professionals working on environmental and community relations issues for large infrastructure development and the extractives industry

September 2014, November 2015 - Kent, UK

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The programme focuses on resettlement planning, livelihoods restoration and stakeholder engagement. Other aspects of SIA are also covered.

This is done through:

  • exploration of case studies – good and bad
  • presentations and question and answer sessions with specialists in ESIA, participatory mitigation planning, resettlement, livelihoods restoration, community development, indigenous people, health impacts, water and eco-systems services
  • sharing knowledge, understanding and experiences with those working within similar roles and responsibilities.

Past participants include environmental managers, community relations managers, social performance managers, multilateral development bank advisors, private equity investment advisors, international and national environmental and social consultants – but anyone interested in paving the way for sustainable development in infrastructure development and the extractives industry is welcome.

We hope that course participants will leave the programme feeling better equipped to choose the best people to do the work, including from within their own company, to minimise project costs and maximise sustainable developments.

Bore Place

Bore Place – residential conference and study centre set at the heart of 500 acres of organically farmed land in the Low Weald of Kent.

WWWWH2014 Participants

Participants from the WWWWH2015 workshop included representatives from AfDB, EBRD, SilverStreet Capital, Copperbelt Energy Corporation, CH2M, AMEC Foster Wheeler, DEG, E-Guard Environmental Services, and freelance consultants.

WWWWH2014 Participants

Participants from the WWWWH2014 workshop included representatives from Trans Adriatic Pipeline, Royal Haskoning DHV, TAQA, Hummingbird Resources, Base Titanium, Petronas, Nordzucker AG, the Norwegian Government Export Finance Institute, Toro Mining, and freelance consultants.

Course Rationale

Most developers undertake environmental and social impact assessments to fulfil requirements – be they from the lender, for permitting, or to meet their own standards of performance. ESIAs can also help direct the development of measures to mitigate against identified adverse environmental and social impacts.

From our combined experience of over 60 years we’ve seen varying qualities of ESIAs. We come across

  • very expensive ESIAs that will fail to gain the required permits
  • the cheapest ESIA turning into the costliest ESIA often because of cost-cutting in critical areas to win the work
  • ESIAs that lack practicability and ownership – the reports gather dust on the shelf while the GM and environmental officer start afresh.

We believe that you can undertake ESIAs that are not excessively expensive and if properly handled will save money and time and provide positive outcomes for your workforce, neighbouring communities and shareholders. One clear determinant of getting value for money from an ESIA and that goes beyond mere compliance is an informed developer.

The planning and management of resettlement involving project-affected peoples is a growing task. However, resettlement is often the least understood aspect in the implementation of large development projects. This can result in poorly planned, underfunded, and badly implemented resettlement schemes that leave the affected community antagonistic towards the project and potentially worse off than before. In these circumstances reputational risks are dire.

From our experience we have seen very expensive schemes with architecturally-designed housing with little regard for restoration of livelihoods and state-of-the-art data management systems that fail to develop a core understanding of displacement and, therefore do not address the fundamental impacts. At the other end of the spectrum we’ve been tasked with negotiating problems that arise in projects where resettlement has been treated as compensation – again this has failed the communities and individuals who are displaced.

The net result of poor resettlement projects can mean delayed operations, increased budgets to rectify mistakes and a negative scorecard in terms of acquiring international funding and government support. On the other hand, successful resettlement projects ultimately gain the cooperation of the affected community, lessen social risk, increase security and cost less in the long term and will benefit future contracts due to the improved social reputation of the development contractors.

We have always believed that we should stop making the same expensive mistakes. We hope this course may just help you make a difference in your role, in your company’s projects.

Key Facilitators

Greg Huggins

Director – NOMAD Socio Economic Management and Consulting (Pty) Ltd.

Greg was born and has lived in South Africa his entire life. He grew up in Durban, studied at the University of Natal and completed postgraduate studies at the University of Cape Town. He now lives in the Midlands of KwaZulu Natal.

Greg has extensive experience in resettlement planning, social impact assessment, resource economics and utilisation analysis, IFC compliance auditing and assessment. He has been involved in a wide variety of studies prepared to World Bank, EBRD, AfDB and IFC standards. He has worked extensively in the water, extractive and bio-energy sectors and as project leader for social impact and resettlement studies for a suite of mining houses as well as bio-energy firms, housing projects and port developments. He has contributed to the IFC expert panel on the development of IFC PS 5 (Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement). Greg has lectured in applied social research and resettlement planning at the Universities of Cape Town, Rhodes and KwaZulu Natal.

Kathryn Tomlinson

Social Performance Advisor

Born in London, to a Venezuelan mother and a British father, Kathryn spent most of her childhood and teenage years in France, with stints in Nigeria and Ecuador. She came back to the UK to finish off school and then went on to complete a BA in social anthropology at the University of Cambridge, a masters in international politics at the University of Wales, and a PhD in anthropology at the University Sussex. She currently lives in London with her partner Ronnie and her son Theo.

Kathryn’s interest in the human rights’ dimensions of business was sparked while she was studying for her masters. This led her to focus her PhD research on indigenous peoples’ land rights in Venezuela, specifically by exploring the impacts of the building of a controversial electricity power line through indigenous territories.

Since leaving academia, Kathryn has spent the last 9 years working as a consultant on the social issues surrounding oil, gas and mining projects, often with a focus on projects engaging with indigenous peoples. In recent years she has worked predominantly with BG Group in the social performance head-office team, as well as spending one year in British Columbia, setting-up the Social Performance function for a LNG export terminal.

Mirko Winkler

Environmental Epidemiologist

Trained in Environmental Sciences (MSc), Epidemiology (PhD) and Clinical Tropical Medicine (DTM&H), Mirko Winkler is a Scientist and Public Health Specialist at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH). Mirko was born in Basel, Switzerland, where he is living with his wife and two children. As a Consultant and Scientist, Mirko has worked in numerous low- and middle-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and South America over the past eight years.

Mirko is a passionate health impact assessment (HIA) practitioner and specialised in epidemiological and environmental data collection. Applied methods range from participatory data collection to clinical studies and environmental sampling. He has a particular interest in multi-method study designs that integrate participatory, epidemiological and inter-disciplinary approaches. He is an established international leader in the HIA field, having managed HIAs and associated epidemiological data collections for a range of private and public entities all over the world.

Mirko is a lecturer in HIA at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and guest lecturer at different universities in Switzerland and at FIOCRUZ in Brazil. Co-supervision of students at MSc and PhD level are another important activity Mirko is pursuing.

Alka Patel

Director – LocalColour Social Risk Management Ltd.

Alka is a social assessment practitioner. She has led social, cultural and health assessments as well as stakeholder engagement and community development planning for mining and oil and gas sector projects and for and water-related projects including dams. Born in Uganda, Alka now lives on the south coast of the UK with her partner, Clayton, and their son Blake. She has lived and worked in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

Her approach focuses on gaining an understanding of natural resource (land, water and forests) use (formal, informal, traditional, cultural) by different groups within a community to better understand impacts to develop sustainable mitigation and community development measures. She has worked to World Bank, IFC and EBRD, policies, standards and requirements and regularly undertakes due diligence and peer review work. Alka recently provided training on the new AfDB safeguards to AfDB personnel across all their regional and central offices.

Alka has lectured in applied social research at London South Bank University and has contributed to curriculum development for a number of international higher education courses on sustainability.

Philip Powell

Director – Eco-livelihoods Ltd.

Philip was born in South Africa to Zambian parents and grew up in Southern Africa. He currently lives with his wife Anthea and daughter Rhonwen in Yorkshire and commutes to work in Africa.

As a sustainable livelihoods consultant, Philip has considerable experience in working with communities in resource-scarce, conflict and post-conflict societies in Mozambique, South Africa, the Sudan, Chad, Senegal, the DRC, and Zimbabwe on reconstruction and development. In addition, he has worked in government and civil society and specialises in community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) with an emphasis on the creation of livelihoods in and around protected areas in Ghana, Zambia and Tanzania. Philip is a Visiting Researcher at the University of Leeds School of the Earth and Environment and has an MA in Strategic Studies from the University of Johannesburg and a BA Honours from the University of Natal in International Relations, Political Science, Economics and African History.

Successful resettlement projects ultimately gain the cooperation of the affected community, lessen social risk, increase security and cost less in the long term and will benefit future contracts due to the improved social reputation of the development contractors

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