The purpose of this 2-day course is build the capacity of participants to integrate resettlement with impact assessment to improve the assessment, planning and management of social and resettlement impacts and risks on projects. the course will contain modules on scoping & risk assessment, resettlement planning, baseline data, stakeholder engagement, valuation/compensation, resettlement house design and resettlement site selection, livelihood restoration, and monitoring and evaluation. The course will feature case studies from Intersocial’s practical experience on a range of complex resettlement projects including road and rail transport, urban resettlement, renewable energy, mining, and oil and gas across Africa and internationally. Participants will be introduced to the latest tools for integrating ESIA and resettlement including Intersocial’s Social Framework for Projects and Intersocial’s benchmarking of 41 projects in 19 countries (ICMM, 2016). The course content is aligned with the new World Bank Environmental and Social Standards, IFC Performance Standards, and African Development Bank Integrated Safeguard System. Through interactive discussions and the sharing of experiences with the group, the participants will develop a deeper understanding of how to integrate resettlement in the impact assessment, management, and monitoring process to improved outcomes and social and environmental justice for impacted communities.

Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: Participants should be middle-level social or resettlement practitioners from government, corporate or civil society organizations with a basic grounding in social assessment and management.
Language: English
Duration: 2 days (14-15 May)
Price: US$475
Min/Max: 10-35

Eddie Smyth, Intersocial Consulting Ltd. (Mauritus)

Ellen De Keyser, Intersocial Consulting Ltd. (Mauritus)


Eddie Smyth is a director of Intersocial and a social and resettlement expert with over 21 years’ experience working within the environment and social sectors in Asia-Pacific, Europe, South America, and Africa. Eddie has extensive experience in land access and resettlement planning and implementation across all the key resource sectors, from mining, oil and gas, and renewables to IFC standards in 17 countries. Eddie is a leading proponent of integrating resettlement into impact assessment and is currently studying for a PhD with the University of Groningen. He has proposed a new overarching framework for SIA with Prof Frank Vanclay to facilitate the integration of all areas of impact assessment.
Skills include:

  • Resettlement project peer review and RAP Audits to IFC Standards
  • Resettlement project management
  • Undertaking social due diligence, impact and risk assessments on projects
  • Running training courses on resettlement and livelihoods best practice
  • Preparing, implementing and monitoring, resettlement action plans, livelihood restoration, stakeholder engagement and community development action plans
  • Preparing and implementing monitoring and evaluation plans
  • Implementation of IFC/ World Bank/ MIGA social safeguard policies


Ellen De Keyser is a Social and Resettlement Specialist and Director with Intersocial Consulting and has significant experience in the planning, implementation, and review of land access, resettlement, livelihood restoration, stakeholder engagement, and other social performance strategies on challenging projects in the infrastructure and natural resources sectors.
She has higher qualifications in International and European Law (MA), and Migration, Mobility and Development (MSc) and significant project experience from her work in Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Mozambique, Uganda and Zambia. Ellen is fluent in English, French and Dutch and has knowledge of Portuguese, Spanish, German and Swahili.
Skills include:

    • Project managing the planning, implementation, and review of resettlement action plans (RAPs) and livelihood restoration plans (LRPs) to international standards and good practice
    • preparing stakeholder engagement plans (SEPs), undertaking stakeholder consultations and negotiations, managing community relations, designing and managing grievance ¬†mechanisms
    • Social baseline data collection and research on social impacts, preparing social impact assessments and social management plans on projects
    • Conducting social due diligence, social and human rights risk assessment, monitoring and evaluation of social and resettlement issues on projects against international standards
    • Knowledge of resettlement data requirements and management through social management databases
    • Good knowledge of international standards and good practices including IFC Performance Standards, World Bank ESS, Equator Principles
    • Capacity building and provision of training on the management of social and resettlement issues on projects