Symposium Theme

IAIA Special Symposium
Resettlement and Livelihoods
Edsa Shangri-La Hotel
Manila, Philippines
20 - 22 February 2017

Every year millions of rural people are displaced in Asia due to the development of dams, infrastructure, mining, agriculture, and forestry. Governments are also displacing large communities of urban dwellers in order to make way for the development of mega-cities and to mitigate disaster risk. There is much evidence that many of the people displaced by large projects experience reduced wellbeing and impoverishment. Resettlement needs to be planned as a development opportunity and the challenge is how to move from a situation where most people’s livelihoods are diminished to one where they are improved, especially in the context of the adoption of the Sustainable Development goals to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030. The challenge is to consider how to develop large projects in countries with rapidly expanding populations and limited land resources while enhancing the livelihoods of local communities.

Symposium participants will discuss key learnings on resettlement and livelihoods on urban and rural resettlement projects in Asia. The symposium aims to engage resettlement practitioners in Asia to explore an interest in creating a sustained virtual network that will exist beyond the symposium, thus allowing for a longer-term dialogue on resettlement and livelihoods issues, contributing to on-going capacity building in the region.

Important Dates

  • October 2016
    Preliminary program available
    Online registration opens
    Abstract submission opens

  • 21 November 2016
    Abstract submission deadline

  • 12 December 2016
    Paper/poster authors notified of acceptance status

  • 23 December 2016
    Presenting author registration deadline

  • 1 February 2017
    Registration closes

  • 3 February 2017
    Final program available

  • 20 -22 February 2017

  • 23 -24 February 2017
    Post-symposium training courses
    (to be announced)

Topics Include

  • New developments in resettlement and livelihoods
  • How to engage with government in resettlement planning processes
  • Engaging communities and civil society in resettlement planning and implementation
  • Emerging standards, practices, and frameworks
  • Planning resettlement communities
  • New resettlement methodologies, including land pooling
  • Livelihood enhancement in urban and rural settings
  • Protecting vulnerable people
  • Monitoring, evaluation, and resettlement close-out audits

Program Committee

IAIA extends sincere thanks to the following committee members and their organizations for their generous in-kind contributions to this symposium:

  • Eddie Smyth, Chair
    Aura Matias
    Indira Simbolon
    Peter Leonard
    Deanna Kemp
    Frank Vanclay
    Jill Baker

Local Host & Partner

Asian Development Bank



The World Bank


Philippine Learning Center for Environment & Social Sustainability, University of the Philippines NEC

Philippine Learning Center for Environment & Social Sustainability, University of the Philippines NEC

Read more about our partners here.


About IAIA

IAIA is the International Association for Impact Assessment, organized in 1980 to bring together researchers, practitioners, and users of various types of impact assessment from all parts of the world. IAIA involves people from many disciplines and professions. Our members include corporate planners and managers, public interest advocates, government planners and administrators, private consultants and policy analysts, university and college teachers and their students. IAIA has members from over 120 nations.

For 36 years IAIA has been holding annual conference events all over the world to promote best practices in impact assessment.

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