Course #12: Resettlement Planning and Impact Assessment





This course has been built from the success of previous courses on resettlement and livelihood restoration delivered at IAIA19 and the IAIA/ADB Resettlement Symposium in 2017. The purpose of the course is to assist resettlement practitioners with addressing key challenges experienced when implementing resettlement activities across the globe, with a specific focus on how these activities tie into impact assessment and feasibility study processes.

The course will commence with a refresher overview of international good practice on resettlement and livelihood restoration, their typical alignment with impact assessment practices, and a discussion of key challenges faced in this field. Topics will include:

  • Baseline data collection and the timing of resettlement within a project’s development phases (also known as “stage gates”).
  • Complex livelihood restoration cases.
  • Resettlement in a conflict setting and legacy issues which need to be addressed during resettlement.
  • Resettlement completion criteria, outcome evaluations and completion audits.

These issues will be addressed through a combination of interactive lecture-style presentations and case studies.

A series of case studies will be presented, covering experience from around the world, and likely to include examples from Colombia, Mongolia, Serbia, Armenia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Mozambique, Guinea, Peru, Myanmar, and Vietnam. Additional areas of concern raised by course participants will be addressed in a workshop format on day two of the training.
Level: Advanced
Prerequisites: Experience of at least 6 months working on a resettlement project, university degree, and familiarity with the IFC Performance Standards.
Language: English
Duration: 2 days (24-25 May)
Price: US$575
Min/Max: 10-40

Liz Wall, Shared Resources Pty Ltd (Australia/New Zealand)

Angela Reeman, Reeman Consulting Pty Ltd (Australia)


Liz Wall is an independent consultant with more than 20 years of global experience assessing and addressing social impacts associated with large projects in developing countries, almost all of which have generated some level of resettlement.  As a former IFC social specialist, she is an expert in the implementation of the IFC Performance Standards and has worked in over 40 countries.  She also brings significant impact assessment experience having authored a number of social impact assessments and has provided countless technical reviews of impact assessments for equator principle lenders and companies. 

A New Zealander by birth, Liz has lived and worked in four continents and is devoted to helping communities in developing countries experience the positive benefits and minimize the adverse impacts of natural resource sector led development. She believes that development requires a comprehension of the social, environmental and economic factors at play in every project. Liz’s multi-disciplinary background helps her understand and balance each of these dimensions, drawing on her Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering, Master of Philosophy in Development Studies and Master of Science of Environmental Change and Management.


Angela Reeman is a social/resettlement specialist with 20 years of experience in more than 25 countries. She specializes in social impact assessment, resettlement planning and implementation and stakeholder engagement. She has extensive experience working on a range of projects from extractives to forestry to major infrastructure and special economic zones. She has a proven track record of assisting companies, governments and investors to manage complex social risks including resettlement, project induced in-migration, indigenous peoples development, human rights issues and others.

Angela works on behalf of international finance institutions (IFIs) including the IFC, EBRD, ADB, the World Bank and other lenders as their independent social/resettlement expert for major projects (e.g., Oyu Tolgoi mine, Anadarko LNG project, Thilawa Special Economic Zone, Bujagali Hydropower operation, Nghi Son Petrochemical and Refinery complex). As a result, she is specialized in how to achieve practical compliance with international social safeguard policies. She is an experienced trainer who is regularly engaged to train practitioners, companies, government and others on social risk management and land acquisition and resettlement. Angela has a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering and Master of Social Science.