This university-accredited course is delivered in partnership with the Initiative for Social Performance in Renewable Energy and Community Relations Practice Program.
This course is intended for a broad range of public and private sector, and civil society stakeholders involved in the implementation of community investments and benefits (CIB) and socio-economic development (SED) in the renewable energy sector.
The course aims to equip participants with the tools to plan, implement, monitor, and report on CIB and SED interventions.
- Defining community investments and benefits (CIB) and socio-economic development (SED), including the historical legacy, key drivers and objectives for renewable energy projects
- An introduction to the full spectrum of available CIB and SED options for communities impacted by renewable energy projects.
- Key challenges to implementing successful CIB and SED interventions, including ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements
- Introducing Theory of Change in the context of CIB and SED delivery
- An overview of the CIB and SED planning, implementation and monitoring process and approaches such as Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) and People-Centred Design.
- Introduction to specific CIB and SED delivery mechanisms:
- Job creation and enterprise development
- Community Trusts
- Local development planning, Etc.
- Important considerations for the planning and implementation of CIB and SED such as targeting vulnerable groups, conflict-sensitive approaches
- Stakeholder engagement and collaboration for CIB and SED projects, including the development of partnerships
- Monitoring and evaluation of CIB and SED projects
- Analysing internal organisational conditions for successful CIB and SED implementation
- Case studies and practical application
At the end of the course, the student should be able to:
- Better understand the paradigms and complexities that influence CIB and SED delivery, as well as their impacts on communities.
- Understand different approaches to achieving CIB and SED for communities impacted by renewable energy projects.
- Plan, implement, monitor and exit from CIB and SED interventions
- Critically assess CIB and SED interventions and partnerships
- Evaluate the different mechanisms for community investment and benefit distribution.
- Interpret and incorporate key regulatory requirements for renewable energy CIB and SED interventions.
- Identify personal and institutional impediments and the capacities required for effective community investment and benefit distribution
The Managing investments and benefits course will be online.
This course has been developed as part of the Initiative for Social Performance in Renewable Energy (INSPIRE) was launched in 2021 in South Africa. INSPIRE aims to advance the field of social performance in South Africa’s renewable energy sector, with the wider goal of becoming a leading platform across the African continent and internationally.
Synergy Global Consulting is leading the establishment of INSPIRE with founding support from Actis, Lekela and BTE Renewables. It is implemented in partnership with the industry associations SAWEA and SAPVIA.
This course is delivered in partnership with the Wits Mining Institute, Initiative for Social Performance in Renewable Energy and Community Relations Practice Program.