IDC Services: Consultants and Practitioners in Social Sustainability
Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs)
Using International Best Practice Safeguards
IDC carries out a RAP from Scope to Implementation as a participatory process. IDC engages with project affected peoples and working with them to find innovative solutions to actually improve lives and livelihoods in the relocation. IDC follows international best practice guidelines such as IFC Performance standards and believes that for the most part, in-kind compensation provides a more sustainable future. For those who opt for cash compensation, it is paid at replacement value.
RAP Asset Census
IDC works with surveyors and valuers to ensure that the international safeguards are met. We ensure the census captures all those living or using the land, regardless of status or gender and that replacement value compensation is provided.
IDC facilitates the implementation of RAPs to ensure that cash compensation is paid, in-kind options are provided, capacity audits of potential service providers are undertaken, the process is captured and any grievances are resolved.
Following the census, IDC undertakes a baseline study to capture socio-economic, health and cultural information to help inform us of the key stakeholders, those economically and physically affected by the resettlement or loss of access to natural resources, public services or markets. approach to livelihoods and vulnerable peoples support and eventually enable monitoring and evaluation of those affected post resettlement.
Monitoring & Evaluation
IDC undertakes independent audits on RAPs and all related interventions to ensure that the Project Affected Peoples (PAPS) are no worse off after resettlement and that lives and livelihoods have improved; making recommendations to address any issues arising.
RAP Participatory Solutions
IDC Stakeholder consultation is the corner stone of resettlement. IDC works closely with individuals, households and communities to develop participatory solutions to ensure resettlement maximises the opportunities to improve lives and livelihoods, as well as to support the most vulnerable. Beyond interviews with PAPs, focus group discussions with key informants, IDC undertakes participatory cultural, natural resource, use and infrastructure mapping.
In some cases, issues arise that need negotiated settlements and additional measures to offset previous resettlements that have been poorly designed or inadequately implemented. IDC works with both the Project Affected Peoples (PAPs) and Project to address the issues and settle disputes.
IDC has worked on indigenous issues since its inception. This includes funding, developing and facilitating multi-stakeholder workshops, supporting the development of UN guidelines, designing corporate tool kits, undertaking research and developing roadmaps to resolve land use conflicts.
Policy & Programme Development
Working with both the public and private sector IDC has: helped define policy to support socio-economic development; designed road maps to embrace multi-stakeholders participation; created programmes to enable that policy and facilitated training with those tasked with implementation.
IDC has undertaken a myriad of corporate, government, and NGO capacity building sessions in social sustainability. These include general awareness of the impacts of projects and policies and providing practical skill sets for implementation. IDC recruits and trains up young nationals, governments and NGOs to international best practice in social sustainability.
All IDC projects start with desk-based research, legislative reviews, and comparative analysis with international guidelines, prior to primary data gathering in the field. Some IDC projects however are specifically aimed to inform on the social economic, cultural and political issues in their own right.
- Desk research
- Stakeholder analysis
- Participatory consultations
- One on one interviews
- Focus group discussions
- Drama for development
- Film and audio recordings
- Data capture of all meetings
- Grand matrix to capture big data
- Capacity audits