Requesting External Peer Review for Good Practice Handbook on Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement

Dear Colleagues and Interested Parties:

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is requesting comments on its draft publication Good Practice Handbook on Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement. This publication is part of IFC's commitment to capture and share global knowledge, lessons and good practice with our clients and wider audiences on social and environmental topics that need to be considered in the implementation of development projects.

This Handbook is a comprehensive deep-dive practitioner's guide on implementation of resettlement and livelihood restoration processes covering a wide range of land acquisition circumstances. The goal is to provide practitioners, project teams and specialists working on development projects with knowledge and tools that help them address and mitigate impacts of land acquisition and involuntary resettlement. It outlines the framework and methodology for planning, baseline data collection, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the entire resettlement and livelihood restoration process to achieve the objectives and requirements of IFC Performance Standard 5 on Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement. The handbook contains the following:

  1. Seven (7) modules that correspond to the different phases of a resettlement program. Each module outlines the process and provides tools, techniques and good practice examples that will help a resettlement practitioner with the design and implementation of a resettlement program;
  2. A module on Specific Circumstances that provides land acquisition guidance in instances related to post-conflict situations, government-led land acquisition and public/ private partnership projects;
  3. A module on 'Sectoral Guidance' focusing on sector specific aspects of land acquisition as it relates to different types of projects including hydropower, linear infrastructure, renewables among others; and
  4. Appendices that contain forms and examples for a census, land and assets survey, livelihood questionnaire, compensation agreement, table of contents for a RAP/LRP, terms of reference for consultants among others.

While the Resettlement Handbook covers cross-cutting subjects such as stakeholder engagement, baseline data collection, vulnerable people, and monitoring, these are only addressed insofar as they are applicable in a resettlement context.

As part of IFC's goal to collaborate with peers, industry partners, and experts, we invite you to provide comments on this publication. The draft will be available for public comment on our website from March 14 to April 15, 2019. We recognize it is an extensive document and thus, we would welcome comments on the sections of your interest and expertise should you opt not to review the entire document.

When providing comments, please note the following:

  1. ensure that feedback on the document is in relation to IFC Performance Standards;
  2. indicate the paragraph number, table number and/or appendix title for which your comments are relevant;
  3. provide advice on emerging trends and new approaches where applicable if any;
  4. provide advice on specific regional data/information where relevant;
  5. ensure comments are practical.

Comments received during this time will be taken into consideration and incorporated as appropriate. Unfortunately, we are unable to respond directly to all comments received. We will notify you when the final version is available.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to review and provide feedback on the draft Good Practice Handbook. We look forward to receiving your comments.

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Due to the large document size, the draft publication is available for download as a whole or by individual sections:

» Download the draft publication Good Practice Handbook: Land Acquisition and Resettlement - Preliminary Draft for Review and Consultation (full document) [PDF]
» Download Introduction [PDF]
» Download Module 1: Scoping and Risk Assessment of Land Acquisition Impacts [PDF]
» Download Module 2: Planning Land Acquisition and Resettlement [PDF]
» Download Module 3: Stakeholder Engagement [PDF]
» Download Module 4: Baseline Data Collection [PDF]
» Download Module 5: Livelihood Restoration and Improvement [PDF]
» Download Module 6: Implementation [PDF]
» Download Module 7: Monitoring and Evaluation [PDF]
» Download Module 8: Specific Circumstances [PDF]
» Download Module 9: Sectoral Guidance [PDF]
» Download Glossary [PDF]
» Download Resources [PDF]
» Download Appendices A-J [PDF]

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