The Process of Social Impact Assessment, Compliance and Risk Management in Hydropower Projects - AFRICA 2020

06.07.2020 Carole

PART I - ONLINE Week 39 | Date: 21– 25 September, 2020 | Application deadline: 2 August 2020 

Part II - WORKSHOP Week TBC | Date: TBC - 2021 | GHANA 

Registration fee: 1.000 USD |

This course will be presented in 2-parts


Renewable energy projects invariably have environmental, social and health footprints that can be manifold and affect physical structures, land used for agriculture or grazing, forest lands and water ways for fisheries and mobility. These impacts can cause loss or changes in;
• the natural resource bases
• livelihoods, health, and well-being
• cultural heritage and access
• resettlement

Social Impact Assessment (SIA) is an instrument that is part of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) process that is required by international and national institutes/governments.

SIA is used to acquire an acute baseline of data and knowledge impact that a planned project may have. Impact assessments as the SIA process require the use of methods for data collection and communication which provide the basis for understanding project impacts and importantly how the impacts may be avoided and minimized.

This course will be presented in 2-parts. Selected participants will be required to attend both the Online course in September 2020 and the planned physical workshop in Ghana in 2021.
The course provides the essential international standards of practice, processes, acceptable techniques, mitigation, and enhancement measures that are elemental to assuring representativeness, fairness and sustainable well-being of affected communities and other concerned stakeholders. The course draws from both African and international examples and is built upon offering two modules:

Module I as an e-course will cover the essentials of guidelines shaping practice of selected impact themes, stakeholder engagement and management, and cross-cutting issues. In addition, Module I will encompass pre-course preparation, course exercises, and one review (due prior to the start of Module II).

Module II will be hosted in Ghana in 2021 and will cover the bulk of the course covering SIA including project site visits. The dates for Module II will be decided after the completion of Module I. 


The course will introduce the participants to procedures that should be followed in order to comply with today’s requirements for a sound social impact assessment process, including strategic priorities and national guidelines, and to provide tools for planning hydropower and other water-related projects in the best possible way on a transboundary, national, regional
and local level. It will expound on state-of-the-art innovative SIA and thematic cross-cutting needs/approaches to hydropower development, including vulnerability and gender, climate adaptation, payments for ecosystem services and management of stakeholders.  


• Background and development of SIA, sustainable development, human rights, and global changes/threats
• Impact assessment methods, risk assessment and management tools
• Baseline data and mitigation measures
• Stakeholder consultation, expectations, conflicts, and grievance
• Resettlement and land acquisition
• Livelihood mapping, restoration, and development
• Health issues and well-being
• The role of independent monitoring, NGOs, CBOs, etc
• Environmental and technical issues relevant to SIA
• Indigenous peoples/ethnic minorities and vulnerable groups
• Institutional strengthening and capacity building
• Financial and budget issues
• Corporate Social responsibility and Benefit Sharing 

This course will be presented in 2-parts. Selected participants will be required to attend both the Online course in September 2020 and the planned physical workshop in Ghana in 2021.

PART I ONLINE - 21 – 25 September 2020
This part of the course will be conducted online using lectures and interactive webinars.

PART II – 2021, Ghana
A workshop session and continuation of the online course will be hosted in Ghana in 2021, where continued lectures and feedback on reflective case studies and exercises will be presented. Comprehensive project site visits are planned. 


The course is aimed at power companies, ministries, authorities, NGO’s, relevant private enterprises, and others working with development of water resources requiring structured knowledge of the SIA process.
Executives of power companies, ministries, water resource and energy agencies and relevant private sector enterprises with management responsibility or influence on project planning will benefit from this course.
The course will also be of value to engineers working in water resources planning and multipurpose projects.

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