IAIA Special Symposium - Resettlement and Livelihoods 2017

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Every year millions of rural people are displaced in Asia due to the development of dams, infrastructure, mining, agriculture, and forestry. Governments are also displacing large communities of urban dwellers in order to make way for the development of mega-cities and to mitigate disaster risk. There is much evidence that many of the people displaced by large projects experience reduced wellbeing and impoverishment. Resettlement needs to be planned as a development opportunity and the challenge is how to move from a situation where most people’s livelihoods are diminished to one where they are improved, especially in the context of the adoption of the Sustainable Development goals to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030. The challenge is to consider how to develop large projects in countries with rapidly expanding populations and limited land resources while enhancing the livelihoods of local communities.

Event Type:
Conference/Seminar
Date:
Feb. 20-22, 2017
Venue:
Edsa Shangri-La Hotel
Location:
Manila , Philippines

Symposium participants will discuss key learnings on resettlement and livelihoods on urban and rural resettlement projects in Asia. The symposium aims to engage resettlement practitioners in Asia to explore an interest in creating a sustained virtual network that will exist beyond the symposium, thus allowing for a longer-term dialogue on resettlement and livelihoods issues, contributing to on-going capacity building in the region.

Themes at a Glance

Rural
Discuss experiences from dams, infrastructure, mining, agriculture, and forestry projects seeing success in rural livelihood restoration.

Urban
Explore case studies from projects in large cities in Asia dealing with the challenge of restoring livelihoods from the resettlement of urban communities.

IAIA extends sincere thanks to the following committee members and their organizations for their generous in-kind contributions to this symposium:

  • Eddie Smyth, Chair
  • Aura Matias
  • Indira Simbolon
  • Peter Leonard
  • Deanna Kemp
  • Frank Vanclay
  • Jill Baker

October 2016

  • Preliminary program available
  • Online registration opens
  • Abstract submission opens

21 November 2016

  • Abstract submission deadline

12 December 2016

  • Paper/poster authors notified of acceptance status

23 December 2016

  • Presenting author registration deadline

1 February 2017

  • Registration closes

3 February 2017

  • Final program available

20 -22 February 2017

  • Symposium

23 -24 February 2017

  • Post-symposium training courses (to be announced)

  • New developments in resettlement and livelihoods
  • How to engage with government in resettlement planning processes
  • Engaging communities and civil society in resettlement planning and implementation
  • Emerging standards, practices, and frameworks
  • Planning resettlement communities
  • New resettlement methodologies, including land pooling
  • Livelihood enhancement in urban and rural settings
  • Protecting vulnerable people
  • Monitoring, evaluation, and resettlement close-out audits

Training Courses

Training courses will be held 23-24 February 2017 at ADB Headquarters and will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Courses are offered free-of-charge thanks to ADB and World Bank.

However, due to limited availability, an application process is required for course attendance. To apply for a training course, please complete the application form by 22 December 2016. All applications will be reviewed, and acceptance notifications will be sent out by email around 6 January 2017. Space is limited, and applying does not guarantee participation.

List of Courses

  1. Resettlement and Livelihood Restoration in Asia (Advanced Level)
  2. Resettlement & Livelihoods – Worldwide Experiences (Advanced Level).
  3. Involuntary Resettlement: Basic Concepts (Introductory Level) 

If the training course for which you have registered does not meet the minimum number by 6 January 2017, IAIA HQ will notify you and offer to transfer you to another course.  Course registration after 6 January is possible but is subject to availability. Registration closes 1 February 2017, and courses cannot be changed after that date. If you must cancel an existing registration, please alert HQ by 1 February 2017.

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