Services we offer

Services we offer

We provide the following services to our clients across different industries and geographical locations:

Socioeconomic Baseline Studies

Baselines help our clientele understand the situation as it is. It is a clear-cut audit of the state of the selected project area to understand the social, economic, environmental and or political indices in preparation for a programme or project. At TDL, our baseline studies enable our clients to understand the structures in place, the resources available, the challenges in view and the possible participatory solution channels that can be pursued to reach sustainable outcomes. Our baseline studies have also proven to be a veritable tool for measuring project’s corporate performance during monitoring and evaluation phase, mid-line and end-line studies.

Environmental Social Impact Assessments (ESIA)

The IFC Performance Standard, like many other international best practices, as well as local and national laws requires investments to assess, ascertain and manage social impacts related to their business component(s). In view of this, at TDL, we help our clientele gain understanding / predict the extent of the environmental and social risks to their investments. This ESIA also involves the inception, duration and nature of such impact and ultimately suggests appropriate sustainable solutions to mitigate or manage such impacts if they are unavoidable.

Resettlement Action Plans (RAP)

Resettlement is one of the most delicate aspects of managing environmental and social risks in project development. Resettlement goes beyond physical relocation of project-affected persons’ homes.  It also entails the continuation of their lives in another location with very minimal impact and or difference from their initial homes and livelihoods except for positive improvement, which is socially and culturally acceptable to them. TDL is grounded in providing and has the best service point solutions for resettlement action plans essentially in the delivery of key functions such as:

  • Asset Enumeration
  • GIS Surveys
  • Census Surveys
  • Value Chain Research
  • Establishing Eligibility Criteria and Compensation Matrix
  • Grievance Redress Mechanism
  • Participatory Impact Management Planning
  • Monitoring and Evaluation

Livelihood Restoration Plans (LRP)

At TDL, we support our clients to develop a participatory livelihoods restoration-planning process to ensure a sustainable and inclusive livelihood programme that would be socially and culturally acceptable to the project-affected persons. Social inclusion has become very crucial aspect of sustainable livelihood restoration because livelihood is as much a social and cultural activity in some instances as much as it is an economic activity. Hence, all the balances have to be maintained. It is the mandate of TDL to ensure that project-affected persons do not see livelihood restoration programme as an alien plan: it should be their plan; a plan they build together with the experts, with their input strongly considered and woven into the plot of the grand design, execution, implementation and management of the programme.

Community Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility

The community is an integral part of the project that can only be ignored at the detriment of the business. With experience of managing community relations in several industries and many countries, in line with international standards, TDL is well-positioned to develop sustainable community relations plans and stakeholder engagement management plans (SEMP) to ensure win-win solutions in terms of crises management and conflict resolution and avoidance. In parallel, we help our clients identify what constitutes their CSR, and because of our rich experience in this area, we help in designing functional, participatory CSR, capable of achieving the targeted aims: support the society, project their brands and create a friendly, value-added business environment for them.

Multiple Stakeholder Engagements

There are several stakeholders in social performance, particularly on RAP projects. The main and the very visible ones are the Project, the government (at different levels, depending on the size of the project), the project-affected persons and the publics.  These multi-level stakeholders need to be skilfully and properly managed to ensure they understand the projects, minimize their expectation (essentially in emerging economies), get their honest buy-in and ensure free prior and informed consent (FPIC) in every aspect of the decision-making process.

Due Diligence and Compliance Monitoring

The purpose of due diligence is primarily to ensure that a Project has followed due process in line with international best practices and relevant national/local laws and requirements. At TDL, we undertake due diligence and compliance monitoring of all Social Safeguards triggered by a project and the associated project components. We support our clients in reviewing their project scenarios to ensure none of the project components constitutes social risk, and all project components are line with the applicable Safeguards.

Safeguards Training

Many potential investors and participants in infrastructural and development projects operate in a challenging environment which presents various levels of social safeguard risks that may be damaging to the reputation of their Projects. TDL offers customized training programmers to provide embedded understanding of Social safeguards, their relevance, and practical application to development projects.