International Resettlement and Livelihoods Symposium

In October 2014, IM4DC will sponsor 30 resettlement practitioners to attend a five-day program consisting of a two-day international symposium, a two-day training workshop and a one-day pre-conference technical visit on resettlement and livelihoods, all to be presented by the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) in South Africa.

Across the world, land access for public and private sector projects often causes significant physical and economic displacement of communities. Resettlement is typically fraught with challenges, hazards and controversy. Poorly undertaken resettlement can result in a number of risks, including marginalization, food insecurity, landlessness and social disarticulation.

Resettlement is a key issue identified by IM4DC participants and has been raised as a priority area by numerous governments, including IM4DC focus countries, such as Peru, Mozambique, Indonesia, Ghana and Papua New Guinea.

The program is aimed at contributing to sharing and improving the understanding of land access and resettlement issues, challenges and risks, sharing lessons learned and discussing opportunities to improve performance.

The program will improve delegates understanding of land access and resettlement issues, and increase their interaction and capacity to negotiate, plan, implement and evaluate resettlement and livelihood restoration programs.

Symposium topics will include:

  • Government and private sector-led resettlements
  • Livelihood restoration and improvement
  • Integrated planning, assessment and monitoring
  • Security of land tenure
  • Alignment between international standards, corporate policies and national legislation
  • Engagement and community relations
  • Negotiation and consultation
  • Project-related employment and procurement opportunities
  • In-migration
  • Culturally appropriate resettlement housing
  • International case studies.

Applications for the IM4DC program are now closed. No further applications can be accepted.