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Winter School on Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Social Sustainability, 21 November to 2 December 2016, University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

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Winter School on Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Social Sustainability, 21 November to 2 December 2016, University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Time: November 21, 2016 at 6pm to December 2, 2016 at 7pm
Location: Groningen, The Netherlands
Website or Map: http://www.rug.nl/education/s…
Event Type: training
Organized By: U. Groningen / World Bank-IFC / Community Insights / Intersocial
Latest Activity: Aug 1, 2016

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Note: closing date for registrations: 30 August 2016 [or earlier if booked out beforehand]

 

Fees (excluding travel and housing) 
(i) €2500 for private sector practitioners and government representatives from OECD countries;
(ii) €1500 discount rate for NGO participants and government representatives from non-OECD countries;
(iii) €900 for university researchers (postdoc, PhD and Masters).

 

This two-week winter school (practical training course) promotes understanding about and develops skills in managing the social risks and impacts associated with the development of public and private investment projects (e.g. mines, dams, highways, industry parks, electricity transmission corridors, agricultural developments, etc), and particularly issues related to land acquisition and resettlement. The course is offered by the University of Groningen in conjunction with the World Bank Group, Community Insights Group, Intersocial Consulting, and Frederic Giovannetti. The course has been offered several times since July 2015 and each time has been very highly regarded by the participants. It is now being offered as a Winter School in November 2016. A repeat summer school will also be held, most likely  in July 2017.

 

Research into the displacement of peoples that is required for large projects generally shows that they can be made worse-off unless the process is properly planned and managed. With the increasing number of international standards of various types (e.g. World Bank safeguard policies, IFC Performance Standards, EBRD Performance Requirements, Equator Principles, and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights), there are established international standards and good practices that are expected to be met in the development of investment projects. However, the varying cultural and developmental contexts of different countries presents significant challenges to fully implementing these standards. 

 

This training course is based on international standards and good practice on social impact assessment and involuntary resettlement, as well as on lessons learned on the ground from practical case studies. The course is delivered by some of the world’s leading social assessment and resettlement practitioners, specialists from international development institutions, as well as key academics. It seeks to provide capacity building in the practice of managing the social issues of investment projects, focusing especially on social impact assessment, land acquisition and resettlement. It is targeted to an international audience of current and intending social performance and resettlement practitioners, and people involved in the governance of projects from public and private institutions. It is also open to advanced students interested in the practical management of social issues associated with development. For those who complete the optional assessment, 5 ECTS credits are available.

 

 

For more information, please go to:

http://www.rug.nl/education/summer-winter-schools/winter_schools_2016-2017/land_acquisition/

 

or contact Prof Frank Vanclay at  frank.vanclay@rug.nl

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