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Summerschool: Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Social Sustainability

Wanneer:ma 06-07-2015
Waar:University of Groningen

Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Social Sustainability

6-17 July 2015
Deadline for application: 30 May 2015

Advanced MA, Phd, Postdoc, practitioners

Prof Frank Vanclay, University of Groningen

(i) €2500 for private sector practitioners and government representatives from OECD countries;
(ii) €1250 discount rate for NGO participants and government representatives from non-OECD countries;
(iii) €900 for university researchers (postdoc, PhD and Masters).

This summer school (practical training course) promotes understanding about and develops skills in managing the social risks and impacts associated to the development of public and private investment projects (e.g. mines, dams, highways, industry parks, electricity transmission corridors, agricultural developments, et cetera), and particularly issues related to land acquisition and resettlement. Research into the displacement of peoples following large projects generally shows that, unless properly planned and managed, they are made worse-off.

With the increasing number of international standards (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. The varying cultural and developmental contexts of different countries also presents significant challenges to fully implementing these standards. There are also concerns about human rights infringements.

This training course will be based on good international practices and standards, lessons learned on the ground and practical case studies, and will include a technical site visit to a resettlement site. The course will be delivered by some of the world’s leading social assessment and resettlement practitioners, specialists from international development institutions, as well as key academics from the University of Groningen, to provide capacity building in the practice of managing the social issues of investment projects focusing on 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, and is also open to advanced students interested in the practical management of social issues associated with development.

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Contact person
Prof. Frank Vanclay (frank.vanclay

Faculty involved
Faculty of Spatial Sciences
Globalisation Studies Groningen

Community Insights Group
Intersocial Consultants
World Bank
Frederic Giovannetti


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