Intersocial 2020 Training Courses in Land Acquisition and Resettlement

Intersocial will be holding training courses in Spain, Holland and Mozambique in 2020 and other venues will be announced later in the year. Registration is open for the 2-day training in Spain at IAIA20 (see announcement below). Registration for the 2-week World Bank/University of Groningen Summer Schools in Holland and Mozambique is open and is detailed below.

Other training courses will be advertised later depending on demand. If you would like us to organize a course in your country or for your organization please contact

I look forward to meeting you at the training. Regards, Eddie.

2-day Training in Spain at IAIA20

The annual conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) is being held in beautiful Seville from May 26-29 this year. There is a very strong focus on land acquisition and resettlement in the conference sessions and Intersocial will run a 2-day pre-conference training course on ‘Negotiating Sustainable Land Acquisition and Resettlement Agreements’.

International standards on land acquisition and resettlement recommend ‘negotiated settlements’ with affected people (IFC, 2012), however, the number of conflicts with communities is increasing across all sectors. The forthcoming IFC Handbook (IFC, 2020) highlights the use of committees as an important engagement method and tool. However, there is limited guidance on how to establish and committees to negotiate agreements with affected people in compliance with national and international social and human rights standards. Many resettlement committees are largely tick-box exercises with don’t lead to lasting agreements and often heighten the risk of conflict.

Intersocial has co-designed/implemented negotiations processes on complex mining, wind, oil and gas, and hydropower projects to achieve lasting agreements with directly affected and neighbouring communities. This new course will train participants to adopt a holistic approach to negotiating land acquisition and resettlement agreements and is based on Intersocial’s Social Framework for Projects (Smyth & Vanclay, 2017).

Intersocial is leading the provision of training on land acquisition and resettlement internationally with 33 intermediate/advanced courses in 18 countries with over 1,000 participants in the past five years (average score of 8.9/10). The course will use a master-class approach where participants are challenged to develop solutions to complex resettlement negotiations based on real-life case studies. The case studies are based on Intersocial’s experience in 25+ countries and partnering with projects to develop innovative participatory negotiation approaches including recent projects in the wind, hydropower, mining, and oil and gas sectors.

The course will appeal to a wide range of participants including consultants, development bank staff, academics, civil society and government representatives. The training course content is based on Intersocial’s textbook, ( and aligned with the forthcoming IFC Handbook on Land Acquisition & Resettlement (2020) which will be promoted at the conference by the IFC.

Training dates: 24 – 25 May 2020

Location: Seville, Spain

Cost: USD 575 per participant

Registration (before 5 May 2020 but early registration is advised to secure a place):

Max number of participants: 35

Intersocial Partners in Summer Schools on Land Acquisition, Resettlement & Social Sustainability

Intersocial is pleased to again partner with the University of Groningen/IFC/World Bank, Community Insights Group and Frederic Giovannetti to offer two Summer schools in “Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Social Sustainability” in Mozambique and Holland in August/September 2020. Apply early as courses fill up fast.

Training course “Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Social Sustainability”:

Maputo, Mozambique 3-14 August 2020 (registration closes 31 March 2020)

Groningen, The Netherlands 24 August to 4 September 2020 (registration closes 31 March 2020)

NOTE: If you have problems with the websites, it is possible to register by sending a CV and short letter of application to: Suelen Haidar <> This 2-week practical training course, delivered in English, promotes understanding about and develops skills in managing the social risks and impacts associated with the development of public and private investment projects (e.g. mines, dams, highways, industry parks, electricity transmission corridors, agricultural developments, etc), and particularly issues related to land acquisition and resettlement.