Resettlement Action Plans

 

 

 Resettlement Action Plans

IFC Guidelines are by design generic to be capable of being applied anywhere in the world. Regardless of the particulars of a Project, the aim is to avoid or minimise resettlement .Where that is not possible IFC guidelines have to be adapted appropriately within the given socio-economic, historical and cultural context to ensure that no one is worse off after resettlement, but that measurable and sustainable improvements in the lives of affected persons are achieved. If one can demonstrate this was developed in participation with the Projected Affected Persons (PAPs) and that it can be delivered: the RAP has achieved its goals in accordance with IFC PS5 (2012).

People and Property Count Identity Photo

Involuntary resettlement is often a delicate process connected with much insecurity and fears. IDC’s Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs) ensure that the Projects brings about positive change for all PAPs. Potentially negative impacts can be mitigated through positive measures and the loss of current land and livelihoods can open up an abundance of new opportunities and possibilities in the life of the impacted people. IDC is handling these situations of profound change with understanding and experience knowing that consultation is accompanied by capacity building and preparation.

 Socio- Economic Baseline Studies

All our RAPs are based on sound data gathering and data management.

We apply innovative techniques for data gathering such as drama, cultural mapping, focus group discussions, participatory field research, observations and one-on-one interviews. We also gather data about land and natural resources and seasonal variations of water levels and availability.

Our survey instruments are individually designed and include: Head of household surveys, Individual surveys, Livelihoods surveys, Income and expenditure surveys, Asset inventories, Public services and Infrastructure audits.

Through our unique approach of  Life in a Day & Day in a Life surveys combined with the honest exploration of hopes and aspirations, values, constraints, religious and cultural practices, history and ethnicity we achieve understanding of all communities and individuals involved.

The data collection is followed by data collation, triangulation and analysis. This provides the Project with the baseline data for future monitoring and evaluation, provides insight into possible mitigation measures, manages expectations and enables the analysis of the potential impacts of the Project.

Whilst the work is primarily people oriented IDC’s expertise in feasibility studies, process and project management ensures that the investor’s finances are taken into consideration – especially, at the start of investments the financial situation is oftentimes characterized by uncertainty. IDC consultants accommodate the needs of the investors whilst maintaining the highest international standards. We operate with a holistic approach taking all project components into consideration.

A Project Affected Person after the interview for the socio-economic baseline study