Virtual WiP: Social License to Operate in Georgia

CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are proud to present the 8th talk of the 2020 Spring Series of the Tbilisi Works-in-Progress series, now celebrating its 10th year! This is one of several “10th Year Anniversary Talks” in which we are inviting return presentations by those who took part in the first season back in Spring 2010.

“Application of the concept of ‘Social License to Operate’ beyond infrastructure projects”

by David Jijelava, GeoWel Research

Date: May 6, 2020, at 18:30

Given the current COVID19 situation, we will once again hold the Works-in-Progress session virtually through Zoom.

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Social impacts are result of not only large scale infrastructure projects, but also ‘soft’ projects often implemented by non-governmental and non-profit organizations. The objective of my PhD research was to develop an understanding about the concept of Social Licence to Operate (SLO), and to assess whether it is a useful concept to apply in various environments. The concept of SLO has been evolving in the industry sector and in academia since it was invented in 1997. Put simply, the SLO approach looks at local communities to see whether and to what level they accept a project that directly affects them. The SLO concept is important as it puts local communities at the centre. No matter how big or important a project might be, it is important that local communities have a say. There is also growing evidence suggesting that disregarding the interests of local communities, on balance, will cost the companies more in the long run.

David Jijelava has recently obtained PhD in Social Impact Assessment from the University of Groningen. David works as a Research Director at GeoWel Research, and as a Social Safeguards Consultant at the World Bank.

Although this presentation will be broadcast on Google Hangouts, in observation of the spirit of the Chatham House Rule to which the series generally adheres, the talk will not be recorded and we courteously request that the other participants refrain from recording and/or distributing it as well.

WiP is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place at the new office of CRRC at Liziko Kavtaradze St. 1. It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public.