This two-day, intermediate level master class outlines the human rights issues associated with large projects (with an emphasis on the extractive industries), and provides participants with practical ways to operationalise the corporate responsibility to respect human rights as established in the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which were developed by Prof John Ruggie (who received the IAIA 2014 Global Environment Award).
Communities living in conflict and post-conflict countries, as well as areas affected or recovering from natural and industrial disasters, are often exposed to violations of their human rights, which affects the magnitude of the impacts received and the possibility of recovering from the crisis and compromises a socially sustainable future. The course seeks to bring human rights issues into the impact assessment field of practice and, by using integrated impact assessment methods, will provide an effective way to identify the human rights issues of projects and the scenarios where projects are developed.
This master class is designed for practitioners involved in the impact assessment of private sector projects who have some understanding and knowledge of social impact assessment methodologies and practice and who want to increase their knowledge of human rights issues. This can include: those individuals within companies or institutions (e.g. financial institutions) who are responsible for commissioning and overseeing impact assessments; and internal and external practitioners that carry out impact assessments. The course has been developed as a partnership between the Danish Institute of Human Rights and the Community Insights Group.
|Prerequisites:||There is no specific prerequisite; however, it is presumed that participants will have a general understanding of impact assessment.|
|Duration:||2 days (9-10 May)|
Nora Götzmann, Advisor, Danish Institute for Human Rights (Denmark)
Ana Gabriela Factor, Consultant, Community Insights Group (Denmark)
Nora Götzmann, a qualified lawyer, works as an Advisor at the Danish Institute for Human Rights, in the Human Rights and Business Department. She is also an adjunct researcher at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, University of Queensland, Australia. She works with multinational companies to improve understanding of human rights risks and impacts and to develop ways of integrating human rights into business practice. Her work focuses primarily on the extractive industries, working in a range of international corporate and site-level settings. Nora also works with civil society actors and National Human Rights Institutions training and building capacity to engage on human rights and business.
Nora's current project and research work focuses on: assessment of human rights risks and impacts, community-company grievance resolution, Export Credit Agencies, human rights training for business and National Human Rights Institutions, and business for development. Nora is one of the lead developers and trainers of the "Human Rights and Impact Assessment" course, provided at the 2015 Conference in Florence
Prior to joining the Danish Institute for Human Rights, Nora worked at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, where her work focused on human rights due diligence and community-company grievance resolution. She has also contributed to the work of the former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Business and Human Rights, Prof John Ruggie, on several topics, including the Corporate Law Tools Project.
Ana Gabriela Factor
Gabriela is a senior consultant at the social performance and social impact assessment consulting firm, Community Insights Group, and is currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Gabriela is an Environmental and Social Impact specialist who has over 16 years of working experience in international environmental, development and extractive projects in Latin America, South East Asia, Africa and the Arctic. She is Technical Committee member of the Community Relations Research Unit at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, University of Queensland.
In addition to her experience in leading and carrying out social and environmental impact assessments and management plans, Gabriela has hands-on experience with the training of technical staff, governmental officers and civil society organizations in environmental and social issues, gender mainstreaming and elaboration and review of ESIA. Gabriela has provided numerous training courses, reviewed training programs and has contributed to curricula for the training components of projects in Ghana, Bolivia, Laos, Uruguay, among others. Course organisers and clients include the World Bank, DANIDA, FINIDA, SIDA and UNOPs (the UN's operational arm). Gabriela is an active IAIA member and was one of the trainers of the conference courses: "Ecosystem Services in Impact Assessment" at the 2013 IAIA Conference in Calgary; and "Social Impact Assessment and Management in Spanish" at the 2014 IAIA Conference in Viña del Mar, "Human Rights and Impact Assessment" at the 2015 Conference in Florence and is scheduled to provide the course "Social and Health lmpact Assessment and Management in Spanish" during the IAIA special symposium in Panama.
Gabriela's experience includes the assessment of impacts during construction and operation phases of major projects, stakeholder analysis, design and implementation of engagement plans, grievance mechanisms, multi-stakeholder consultations and social investment programs. Gabriela is currently working on environmental and social due diligences, social and human rights performance and impacts of NGOs, oil companies and renewable energy projects in Africa and Latin America.Gabriela has a Masters in Environmental Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark and holds qualifications on gender and health impact assessment. She is a native Spanish speaker, fluent in English and Danish, and speaks some Portuguese.