Course #2. Resettlement & Livelihoods – Worldwide Experiences (Advanced Level)




This two-day advanced course on Resettlement & Livelihoods will focus on the assessment, planning, and management of risks on resettlement projects to ensure outcomes meet the requirement of international standards (World Bank ESS, IFC PS5 & ADB). The course will be given by Eddie Smyth and Ellen De Keyser who are international resettlement experts with considerable practical experience of reviewing and implementing resettlement projects to international standards and also to providing training on resettlement to international standards in Asia, Africa, Europe and South America. Eddie is a co-author of Intersocial's book "Land Access & Resettlement – A Guide to Best Practice" and is also currently co-authoring a new Resettlement Handbook for the IFC. Eddie and Ellen are both co-authors of the ICMM's Resettlement Lessons Learned report.

The course will be focused on world-wide experiences, approaches, and tools and how these can be used or adapted for the Asian context. This practical training aims to provide participants with an improved understanding of social risks and the tools to identify, assess, and manage social risks on resettlement projects. The course will feature case studies from a range of complex resettlement projects including road and rail transport, urban resettlement, hydropower, mining, and agricultural projects.

The course format will be interactive with discussions on the practical issues facing the participants on their projects. The participants will receive a copy of the Intersocial book and a USB stick with examples of RAPs and tools discussed in the course. 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 & Evaluation. The course will also involve an interactive discussion on a complex resettlement case study.
Level: Advanced
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.
Duration: 2 days (23-24 February)
Min/Max: 10-30

Eddie Smyth, Director, Intersocial Consulting Ltd (Ireland)

Ellen De Keyser, Director, Intersocial Consulting Ltd (Belgium)


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 & Africa. Eddie has extensive experience in land access and resettlement planning and implementation across all the key resource sectors, including mining, oil & gas and renewables to IFC standards. He has planned, implemented, managed, monitored and reviewed land access and resettlement projects in 17 countries. He is currently studying for an external PhD with Groningen University in the Netherlands on the subject of 'How to Enhance Livelihoods in Large Projects' and is a lecturer at the World Bank Summer Schools on Land Acquisition, Resettlement & Social Sustainability. He is a co-author of Intersocial's book 'Land Access and Resettlement: A Guide to Best Practice' (Greenleaf Publishing, 2015) and the ICMM's publication 'Land Access and Resettlement: Lessons Learned' (2015). Eddie is currently working with a team to develop a new Resettlement Handbook for the IFC.

Ellen De Keyser is a director of Intersocial and a multi-lingual Social and Resettlement Expert and Project Manager skilled in the review, planning and implementation of land access, resettlement, livelihood restoration, stakeholder engagement and other social performance strategies on challenging projects in the natural resources sector. She has higher qualifications in Law and Social Sciences and significant project experience from her work in Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea and Uganda. Ellen is a lecturer at the World Bank/Groningen University's Summer Schools on Land Acquisition, Resettlement & Social Sustainability.