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EducationUniversity of Groningen Summer SchoolsLand Acquisition, Resettlement and Social Sustainability

Course information

Target group

This summer school is an applied training course intended for practitioners or applied social researchers from public and private institutions interested in the practical aspects of social assessment, project-induced displacement and resettlement. Applicants are expected to be either:

(a) actually involved in development projects as a practitioner or in the governance of projects; OR
(b) a researcher or academic at Masters level, PhD, postdoc or even academic teaching staff having a clear reason for wanting to do this practical course.

Language Requirements

Full professional fluency in English is required.

Programme (preliminary)

A detailed programme will be provided to participants prior to the course. In general, the course will cover all aspects of land acquisition involving resettlement, including:

  • Welcome, introductions, overview of the course as a whole;
  • General introduction to social issues and development challenges;
  • Overview of resettlement as a process;
  • Basic underlying concepts such as social license to operate; business case; free, prior and informed consent; human rights; sustainable livelihoods;
  • Introduction to human rights;
  • Overview of the various International Standards: World Bank social safeguards, IFC Performance Standards, EBRD, IAIA guidelines, United Nations Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, relevant legal principles and frameworks;
  • Understanding social impacts and social risks of investment projects (including sustainable livelihoods; resilience; vulnerability; ecosystem services; health impacts);
  • Ways of assessing and addressing social issues and tools to use (social impact assessment, baselines, profiles);
  • Stakeholder Engagement and grievance mechanisms and conflict;
  • Linking livelihoods restoration to Local Employment and Local Procurement ;
  • Field trip to a resettlement site;
  • Resettlement planning;
  • Resettlement impacts, risk and opportunity assessment;
  • Resettlement mitigation measures;
  • Resettlement Review, Monitoring & Evaluation, Audits, Completion Audits.


In addition to the course coordinator, Prof Frank Vanclay , the course will include, among others, some of the leading social assessment and resettlement practitioners, including Mike Steyn (Intersocial) and Dr. Ana Maria Esteves (Community Insights Group).


The course fees will vary according to the designation of the participant:

  • € 2750 for private sector practitioners and government representatives from OECD countries;
  • € 1750 discount rate for World Bank staff, NGO participants and government representatives from non-OECD countries;
  • € 975 for university researchers (postdoc, PhD and Masters).

Participants need to arrange their own accommodation in Maputo, Mozambique. For a list of recommended hotels, kindly contact Prof. Frank Vanclay.

Contact person

Questions about this summer school can be sent to Prof. Frank Vanclay.

Last modified:05 April 2019 2.23 p.m.