Nomad Socio-Economic Management and Consulting is niche South African-based Company that provides socio-economic, community management and resettlement advisory services and implementation oversight as its core functions.
Over the last twenty years, Nomad has built up extensive in-country experience in both South Africa and throughout Africa. This expertise also crosses multiple industry sectors with particular focus on the Mining and Minerals sector. View a list of countries we are active in HERE.
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Nomad Socio-Economic Management and Consulting via its in-house professional staff or via its partners/associates provide a range of social and community-centred services including:
Nomads core expertise is in the preparation of SIAs. The SIA is a study that establishes a socio-economic baseline, assesses intended and unintended social consequences, both positive and negative, of a planned project, plan, programme or policy, and establishes the management measures to avoid or reduce negative impacts while also promoting social benefits.
Often allied to the SIA, Nomad has extensive experience in developing SMPs. The SMP is a management plan consists of a set of rules and management requirements to be adopted in order to eliminate or reduce social impacts, while simultaneously enhancing social benefits related to a specific project, policy or programme.
Nomads core expertise is in the preparation of RAPs. Where a Project results in the physical or economic displacement of individuals, families or groups a RAP is generally prepared. The RAP establishes the eligibility and entitlement granted to affected persons as well as defines the implementation rules needed to ensure a fair and efficient resettlement process.
Nomads provides the needed resources, skills and expertise for the implementation of resettlement programmes. Implementation is a complex process requiring keen skills in understanding politics, perceptions and agendas while also having the technical skills in planning, data management, community engagement and negotiation.
Nomad provide social due diligence and auditing services, with special focus on resettlement. Due Diligence is generally used to investigate the social performance of a Project prior to acquisition, and is generally a voluntary requirement. Auditing in turn is used to assess the social performance of Project against regulatory requirements or Project commitments.
Nomad undertakes regular monitoring and evaluation studies for a range of Clients. Social monitoring is critical to tracks socio-economic trends and changes over time, and to determine which changes are attributed to specific Projects. This allows the evaluation of Project interventions and mitigation measures.
Stakeholder engagement is fundamentally integrated into all studies undertaken by Nomad – notably in the preparation and implementation of RAPs. Engagement and collaboration often leads to improved decision-making, greater project buy-in and a smoother implementation programme.
Nomad specialises in the collection of socio-economic baseline data for SIA, RAP and Project management plans. This includes the preparation and administration of household census surveys, and undertaking qualitative focus group meetings and one-on-one interviews. Baseline data is stored on a fully customisable Access database, or online database system.
Greg Huggins is the managing director of Nomads, and has over 20 years of experience in resettlement planning, social impact assessment, resource economics and utilisation analysis, IFC compliance auditing and assessment, socioeconomic survey research, public participation and facilitation, social research and consultancy with respect to corporate social responsibility planning. He has been involved in a wide variety of studies prepared to World Bank and IFC standards crossing multiple industry sectors throughout Africa.
Marco has over ten years of experience in the field of environmental and social management, with a background in managing Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs). In addition, Marco specialises in Social Impact Assessments and Resettlement Action Plans for a range of industry sectors throughout South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. These include the oil and gas, mining, transport infrastructure, forestry, food industry and public infrastructure sectors. In country experience includes Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Malaysia, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa and Tanzania.
Katherine has been working in the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment sectors, with an emphasis on Resettlement, for almost 9 years. She has been involved in impact assessments and socio-economic studies for a multi-products pipeline, toll road and bypasses, a local economic development pilot project, a private hospital and a hydroelectric plant. She’s also done work on water conservation and water demand management, and has been involved in stakeholder engagement for proposed dams in KwaZulu-Natal. Her involvement has broadened into resettlement aspects of development, mainly mining-related. In-country experience includes Kenya, Mozambique, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, the Republic of Congo and the DRC, Zambia, and Sierra Leone. Katherine was involved in projects in the Northern Cape (at Dingleton, for Kumba), conducting asset surveys and focus groups for resettlement planning and social impact assessment, and in KwaZulu-Natal coordinating stakeholder communication, land liaison and the resettlement survey for a proposed dam.
Dr Francis is an economic anthropologist and professional development consultant. He currently teaches at The University of KwaZulu-Natal in Economic History and Development Studies. He has been conducting socio-economic and cultural research in Africa since 2002. He has worked on a number of resettlements in Zambia caused by mining and related industrial and housing developments, as well as leading research teams conducting socio-economic surveys in Zambia and Rwanda for both mining and forestry.
He has experience writing Resettlement Action Plans, creating compensation packages for displaced communities, as well as monitoring and evaluation of projects, advising on corporate social responsibility along with the running of community workshops and participatory development planning. He has conducted research with multiple communities across Africa including indigenous peoples in the Kalahari, Rwandan and Zambia agriculturalists, as well various other communities across South Africa.
Nomad forms part of the LocalColour Collective – or a group of independent consultant practitioners and associates which allow Nomad to provide a trailer-made team of specialists based on the Client and Project needs. More information on LocalColour can be sourced on their official website.