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Social Assessment

Socio-economic baseline studies, social impact and risk and opportunity assessments, due diligence exercises, and development of work plans and budgets for pre-feasibility and feasibility studies

The definition of a Social Impact Assessment is:

 “The process of analysing (predicting, evaluating and reflecting) and managing the intended and unintended consequences of human environment of planned interventions (policies, programmes, plans and projects) and any social change processes invoked by those interventions so as to bring about a more sustainable and equitable biophysical and human environment” (Vanclay, 2002).

The purpose of an SIA as defined by the IFC (2012) is:

Key challenges, issues and risks that projects face include the following:

 The IFC has broadened the definition of SIA in the context of ESHIAs to include a sustainable development component. This ensures that the assessment includes the identification of positive impacts and opportunities for enhancing the socio-economic wellbeing of the people who live and work in the project’s area of influence, leading to the development of a Social Impact Management Plan. 

The SIA process therefore should:


In addition to preparing full Social Impact Assessments in the field, Intersocial also undertakes comprehensive social reviews and social due diligence assessments on behalf of natural resource companies and lender institutions.