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Course #7. Socio-Economic Survey and Database Management in the Social Impact Assessment of Vulnerable Community Displacement





This course will provide training in the methodology, design, and use of socio-economic survey in the social impact assessment (SIA) of the displacement of vulnerable communities by rural infrastructural development.  The course is targeted particularly at equipping planners or project managers and social safeguard personnel engaged in the management of rural infrastructural development to strengthen the methodology of socio-economic research and related research systems and databases for purposes of resettlement planning and livelihoods restoration of vulnerable people. The training is intended to strengthen the application of international finance institution (IFIs) and country guidelines and procedures for SIA in project preparation and management in planned livelihoods identification and retention or restoration among displaced ethnic minority and remote rural communities.  
A specific purpose is that of equipping sustainable development goals (SDGs) to view resettlement and livelihoods restoration as means for the strengthening of the social and economic situation of impacted vulnerable peoples and their participation in national and regional development;
The training is related mainly to the livelihood reconstruction of vulnerable people lacking formal legal title to land on which they depend for their income and food security who lose property, living standards, and livelihoods systems in the context of major infrastructure development.  

The training is aimed particularly at the strengthening of social science methodology, including household survey and participatory local research employed in measures to understand rural social and cultural systems that underpin livelihoods and so avoid the impoverishment and disarticulation of rural communities, especially of ethnic minority communities lacking formal land title.   The focus is primarily on SE Asian countries where rural infrastructure, including hydropower development, has led to the displacement of upland ethnic minority communities.
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Prerequisites: Participants should be active in full-time employment in development or regulatory agencies engaged in the management or planning of or research on the displacement, resettlement, and income and livelihoods restoration of peoples and communities displaced by development, and preferably have some previous training in social science systems and their application in development operations.
Language: English
Duration: 2 days (27-28 April)
Price: US$520
Min/Max: 10-50

John Pilgrim, Faculty of Development Studies at Royal University of Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

Susanna Price, Australian National University (Australia) John Pilgrim is MA (Hons), M.Litt. Cambridge University in Social Anthropology



John Pilgrim has been the principal resettlement specialist in consultancy for the Asian Development Bank and the concerned Governments in Cambodia and Lao PDR from1999 to 2013. He has been Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Development Studies of the Royal University of Phnom Penh, concerned with research and teaching on population displacement, migration and resettlement during 2006 to the present time; and Research Adviser to the National University of Laos from 2011 to date.

Susanna Price is MA in social anthropology, Australian National University; MADE with Distinction, University of East Anglia.

Susanna has more than thirty years of experience in research, practice and teaching in social development, involuntary resettlement and of income and livelihoods restoration, first as senior staff at AusAID, the Australian aid program; then as the lead social development specialist in involuntary resettlement for the Asian Development Bank (1996 – 2004); and subsequently as Visiting Fellow and Lecturer (hon) at Australian National University, Canberra. Her ADB experience included extensive training in policy implementation for the social safeguards of involuntary resettlement and indigenous peoples, and in social development and methods for social analysis for ADB staff, government officials and professionals including from non-government organizations in a number of Asian and Pacific nations. She has co-trained in involuntary resettlement extensively also with staff of the World Bank Group. She designed and implemented a training course in involuntary resettlement for IAIA (Perth 2008) together with a former World Bank EDI staff; and has conducted a Social Development Training Week for ADB staff.