Resettlement Action Plan

Projects often necessitate land acquisition, expropriation and/or restrictions on land use, resulting in the temporary or permanent resettlement of people from their original places of residence or their economic activities or subsistence practices.
When affected persons and communities do not have the choice to refuse such displacement, this process is known as involuntary resettlement. Where involuntary resettlement is unavoidable it is a requirement to prepare a Resettlement Action Plan. This is where our services come in handy in assisting the client develop a feasible and implementable one. Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) connotes the document in which the proponent of a project or other responsible competent authority describes the impacts of the involuntary resettlement, specifies the procedures that will be followed to identify, evaluate and compensate the impacts and defines the actions to be undertaken during all phases of the resettlement. The resettlement process is intended to fully re-establish people in well-functioning communities and with appropriate sustainable livelihoods. We have expansive experience in conducting and preparing feasible RAPs in accordance with national legislation and internationally recognised standards of good practice. With our qualified and competent specialists, we are able to carry out a census and a socio-economic baseline assessment and assist in the preparation of the Resettlement Action Plan or Livelihood Restoration Framework for projects involving economic (but not physical) displacement of people. Here we help the client develop procedures to offer to the affected persons and communities’ compensation and other assistance. We develop RAPs that include; the resettlement objectives, project impacts, identify all people to be displaced and provide an inventory of affected assets, demonstrate that displacement is unavoidable and has been minimized, define the legal framework for land acquisition and compensation, describe the process of consultation with affected people regarding acceptable resettlement alternatives, and the level of their participation in the decision making process, define the Cut-off Date, describe the entitlements for all categories of displaced people, describe the process for selection, allocation, preparation and land titles relating to housing replacement, describe relocation assistance to be provided, provide details of sustainable arrangements for improving or restoring the livelihoods and standards of living of displaced persons, outline the institutional/organizational responsibility for the implementation of the RAP and procedures for grievance redress, provide a schedule and budget for the implementation of the RAP, provide details of arrangements for monitoring, evaluation and reporting and where the land acquisitions does not result in any loss of livelihoods or loss of income, provide fair compensation for the acquired land and any lost assets on such land at their replacement cost.   Livelihood Restoration Resettlement may impact households’ natural resource-based livelihoods in a variety of ways, including through the reduction and/or loss of household assets and changes in accessibility of household assets and natural resources. Accordingly, livelihood re-establishment and development programs that aim to improve, or at least restore, household livelihoods are essential components of the resettlement plan. Based on existing livelihood strategies, and in consultation with affected communities, the resettlement plan involves new livelihood establishment and development programs that address agriculture, fisheries and diversified livelihood activities. Our approach to delivering livelihood restoration and development programs is based on landscape and household perspectives. At a landscape-level, both external factors and accelerated rates of change associated with the projects’ development require continuous monitoring, and where appropriate, adaptation of restoration and development programs. Further, our approach recognizes resettlement-affected communities in their entirety and aims to ensure that all households within these communities have access to livelihood re-establishment and development program. At a household-level, it is assumed that individual households will pursue unique livelihood strategies and combinations of livelihood activities to best suit their circumstances. These combinations may be determined by numerous household preferences and characteristics. Therefore, our approach to livelihood restoration and development programs is to continuously provide a suite of options across livelihood activities and allow households to choose which activities to participate in and are consistent with respective priorities and customs.   We offer technical support and assistance in the following:
  • Development of Resettlement Action Plans
  • Development of Livelihood Restoration Programs
  • RAP Evaluation
  • Financial Literacy Training
  • Agricultural and livestock programs

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