B. Issue studies – we carry out social research on a range of complex socio-political, economic and environmental issues pertinent, but not limited to:
- corporate-community interactions and conflict resolution
- ‘formal’ large-scale mining and ‘informal’ artisanal/’small-scale’ mining
- land rights, tenement access, and surface rights acquisition
- free prior informed consent (FPIC) – structures, processes, requirements, responsibilities
- community perceptions and insights (to gauge opinions on specific issues)
- dynamics of resource management; formal policies and Indigenous/customary law
- introduced livelihoods in agro-ecological settings
- employment, labour recruitment, migration, and livelihood diversification
- social development projects and community independence/dependency
- partnerships and collaborations; working with local governments and civil society
C. Project Scoping. We conduct project scoping as part of project planning. We help to:
- delineate the boundaries of a project, define responsibilities for the project team;
- determine and make explicit the project goals, deliverables, tasks, costs, and milestones;
- describe project participants, beneficiaries, and other stakeholders;
- set up procedures for verifying and accepting/approving completed work; and
- anticipate risks and prepare mitigation strategies.
Through project scoping, we help your project team stay focused, on task, and on schedule. We help your project team set up their own guidelines about addressing changes that the project may undergo such as constraints, roadblocks and bottlenecks of various forms.
It is common for certain aspects of a project – especially when it is large – to change along the process. Therefore, the project scoping at the beginning is critical for the project team to manage change.
We help organizations avoid situations in which one or more parts of a project ends up requiring more time or effort due to poor planning, which may include imprecise objectives, unclear communication, or undefined deadlines.
A. Social Risk Assessment
- situational analysis and scenario planning
stakeholder analysis (mapping, identifying and gauging stakeholders’ levels of power, interest, and influence)
- identifying and assessing pressure points for community ‘outrage’
- cultural protocols, human rights concerns, local power relations
- communicating information, monitoring and reporting
- risk mitigation strategies (adapt business model to local context, recognizing/respecting regional differences in cultures, adapt management practices accordingly)
- addressing local legal and ethical issues
D. Capacity-building. We design and deliver custom-tailored training programs for on-site community relations staff on the activities that we undertake, to enable them to carry out some of the tasks themselves. Based on the principles and approach of adult-learning, the training programs we develop and deliver include:
- social impact assessment: rationale and basic methods
- preparing community plans, monitoring and evaluation
- stakeholder analysis and managing community engagement
- ecological and cultural bases of heritage protection and management (for local government officials, tertiary researchers in environmental management, and state/national agency officers)
E. Specific social development projects. We collaborate with community groups who ask for help in preparing project proposals and business plans for micro-enterprises, which they have identified to develop for themselves.
We provide services which we do best. These include: