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Key concepts and tools for integrating human rights into impact assessment

DATE: 3 December 2018
FEE: US$330
LEVEL: Intermediate
MIN / MAX: 20-30 

COURSE OVERVIEW: This one-day workshop provides participants with an overview of key concepts and tools for integrating human rights into impact assessment. The workshop is jointly facilitated by experienced social performance and human rights practitioners from the Danish Institute for Human Rights and Community Insights Group. Topics addressed include:

  • Introduction to human rights and impact assessment. What are the differences and synergies between social impact assessment and human rights impact assessment? What are the pros and cons of integrated assessments? What are the key principles for assessing human rights impacts?
  • Case study. What are the human rights issues and impacts? Who are the rights-holders and duty-bearers and what are the implications for our impact assessment practice?
  • Scoping and baseline studies. How can human rights standards and a human rights-based approach inform our analysis? How can we develop human rights compatible baseline indicators?
  • Impact analysis. How do we include human rights considerations in the assessment of impact severity and significance? How do we prioritize actions to address human rights impacts? What types of human rights impacts are to be included?
  • Impact management. How can leverage be applied in impact management? What are some of the key considerations for reporting on human rights impacts?
  • Conclusions and wrap-up


PARTICIPANTS: The workshop is designed for intermediate practitioners involved in the impact assessment of private sector projects. This can include: those individuals within companies or institutions (e.g. financial institutions) who are responsible for commissioning and overseeing social impact assessments; and internal and external practitioners that carry out impact assessments.
Participants are expected to have good knowledge and experience of social impact assessment methodologies and practice and a basic understanding of human rights and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Some preparation will be required (approx. 3 hours).


Nora Gotzmann, Senior Advisor, Danish Institute for Human Rights (Denmark)

  • The Danish Institute for Human Rights ( is an independent national human rights institution modelled in accordance with the UN Paris Principles. The mandate of the Institute encompasses research, analysis, information, education, documentation and the implementation of national and international programs. The chief objective of the Institute is to promote and develop knowledge about human rights on a national, regional and international basis predicated on the belief that human rights are universal, mutually interdependent and interrelated.

Ana Gabriela Factor, Senior Consultant, Community Insights Group (Denmark)

  • Community Insights Group ( is a research, consulting and training house specializing in the resources sector in all aspects of social impact assessment, social performance and local content development. CIG’s team is based across the world and has significant reach into local markets and expertise within the resource-endowed countries in which their clients operate. CIG also hosts SIAhub, an online platform for the global SIA community of practice.


REGISTRATION INFORMATION: The course will be held 3 December 2018 from 09:00-17:00 at the symposium venue. Pre-registration and pre-payment by 15 November 2018 is required.
The course fee includes course materials, a light lunch, and coffee breaks. Participants in the training course who are not registered for the IAIA symposium will be assessed an additional US$75 fee. Course fees must be paid in full before you will be enrolled in the training course.
Please register early! The course will be cancelled if it does not reach the minimum number of paid participants by 16 October 2018. If this occurs, IAIA HQ will notify you and provide refund information.

If you must cancel, your course registration fee will be refunded minus a US$75 administration fee and contingent upon a written notice of cancellation received in HQ by 15 November 2018. After 15 November, no refunds will be issued for cancellations or no-shows.