This collection examines successful resettlement practices based on examples from well-known resettlement and development practitioners. It includes experiences from resettlement campaigns in Australia, Bhutan, Canada, Colombia, India, Ireland, Japan, Philippines, Russia, and the US, demonstrating the potential for relocation efforts to improve upon new inhabitants’ previous standards of living.
Hari Mohan Mathur is distinguished professor at Council for Social Development.
Introduction: Development, Land Acquisition and Resettlement
Chapter 1: Good Practices Approach to Resettlement Planning and Implementation
Chapter 2: Land Acquisition
Chapter 3: Relocation and Resettlement
Chapter 4: Resettlement with Development: Tangguh Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Project, Indonesia
Chapter 5: Livelihoods Restoration
Chapter 6 Consultation and Participation: Using a Mitigation Matrix to Mediate Project Impacts Anxiety
Chapter 7: Institutional Issues
Chapter 8: Successful Resettlement
Chapter 9: Good Practices Approach to Benefit Sharing
Conclusion: What have We Learned about Good Practices in Resettlement?
Appendix I: Success Stories of Land Acquisition
Appendix II: Why Do Bad Practices in Resettlement Get More Publicity?
The inherent complexities and contingencies involved in resettlement operations demands commitment, dedication, diligence, creative thinking, and adaptive flexibility, as well as learning and applying lessons learned--both positive and negative--from prior experience in planning, designing and implementing Resettlement Action Plans. In this book, Professor Mathur and his contributors assemble more than a dozen case examples from around the world in which project proponents, financing institution staff, government agency officials, resettlement social scientists, NGO and civil society personnel all labored long and hard in close collaboration and consultation with project-affected people and communities in crafting innovative solutions to achieve ‘resettlement with development’ in accordance with the policy provisions that comprise the International Standard for Involuntary Resettlement. A useful and welcome addition to the emerging literature on cases of positive resettlement outcomes that counterbalance the dominant narrative of resettlement failure, this book illustrates what is possible and what can be achieved, and will be of interest to scholars, practitioners, and students alike.
Through careful documentation and analysis of successful aspects of development-driven resettlement projects, this book maps out essential elements to ensure that projects include the full participation of affected people and enhance living standards and improve livelihoods. This book should prove to be a useful resource for all those committed to improving outcomes for people displaced by development projects.
This book makes an important contribution to the global literature on resettlement. As a number of case studies assembled in this volume show, when there is enough pressure to solve resettlement fairly, practical solutions can be found, which is a sharp rebuke to the “grin and bear it” rationalizations that continue to justify unacceptable displacements of the poor.
This is a pioneering work, containing fifteen good practice examples from leading resettlement practitioners based in about a dozen different countries. This book will be widely welcomed by scholars, policy makers, and administrators.
These case studies contributed by well-known resettlement practitioners provide powerful insights from different parts of the world for increasing effectiveness of resettlement policy, practice, and evaluation. This volume makes a significant contribution to the development literature and will be of interest to development practitioners everywhere.