Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Social Sustainability Summer School

This two-week practical training course, which is 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.

The course, which is a designated Winter School of the University of Groningen, is  being managed by Community Insights Group and is taught in conjunction with the IFC/World Bank, Intersocial Consulting, and Frederic Giovannetti.

There have been over 10 previous offerings of this course, all of which have been highly regarded by course participants, with each course being evaluated with a mean score of around 9.0 (out of 10).

For 2020, the normal registration fee will be 2750 euros. A discounted fee of 1750 euros applies only to people from NGOs, public sector agencies in non-OECD countries, and staff from the World Bank Group.  Note that participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

Research into the displacement of people required for large projects generally shows that they are made worse off unless the process is properly planned and managed. With an increasing number of international standards (e.g. World Bank environmental and social standards, IFC Performance Standards, Equator Principles, and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights), there are established international standards and good practices that are expected to be met in the development of investment projects. However, the varying cultural and developmental contexts of different countries present significant challenges to fully implementing these standards. 

This training course is based on the international standards and good practice, as well as on lessons learned from practical case studies on the ground. The course is delivered by some of the world’s leading social assessment and resettlement practitioners. It seeks to provide capacity building in the practice of managing the social issues of investment projects, focusing especially on land acquisition and resettlement. It is targeted to an international audience of current and intending social performance and resettlement practitioners, and people involved in the governance of projects from public and private institutions or from international financial institutions. 


1. We strongly believe it will be possible to conduct this course, and we will make every effort to ensure that this is the case while also ensuring your safety.  Although the current outlook is promising, should the situation change, it may be necessary to postpone the course. We will not be responsible for any losses incurred should that be the case. Please ensure that you understand and can manage this risk.

2. Although Europe is opening up, there are some travel restrictions still in place and Dutch Embassies are generally not accepting visa applications. Therefore, we will only consider participants coming from the Schengen area and/or people who already have a visa to enter Europe.

3. To register, please email a CV and letter of application to:  shaidar@communityinsights.eu

4. The last deadline for application will be 30 July 2020, although we will allocate the remaining places on a first come, first served basis. So please be quick.

5. A general information booklet will be sent to people as soon as they register, and we will provide more details about travel within the Netherlands and any particular instructions given the corona pandemic shortly before the course starts.

Please register here.

For more information, please contact:

Suelen Haidar (Community Insights Group) < shaidar@communityinsights.eu >


Prof Frank Vanclay (University of Groningen) <frank.vanclay@rug.nl>