The course should provide the participants with tools for planning projects in the best possible way on a National, Regional and Local level and enable planners to avoid problems later in the project by doing a thorough assessment of important issues at an early stage. ' The right choices at the beginning of a process develop better projects for all in the end'.

The course covers the following 13 topics: Background and Development of Social Impact Assessment; Impact Assessmet methodologies; Baseline Data and Mitigation Measures; Stakeholder Consultation Process; Resettlement; Livelihood Development; Institutional Strengthening and Capacity building; Financing; Indigenous Peoples and Vulnerable Groups; Health issues, Gender and Eduction; The role of NGO's and Monitoring; environmental and Technical Issues