Our SIA service is predicated on the notion that all developmental interventions take place within the context of geography (spatial) and have social impacts and ramifications on human settlements at various spatial and temporal scales. This makes policy and decision making a very challenging process, especially with the proliferation of legislative and regulatory guidelines and best practices within the SIA context. This challenge dictates the need to integrate GIS into SIA as well as improve spatial and temporal data and information sources, diversity and quality - it is only when we know locations, conditions, patterns, trends, times and their interconnections we can act effectively.
Our appraoch takes into account the spatio-temporal relationship and complexity of developmental interventions and the processes that causes/effect them at various scales. Using GIS as an integration platform we can effectively link locations, conditions, patterns and trends with the social impacts (as well as other impacts) of developmental interventions on human settlements. We can also link these impacts with the past and the present, at various spatial scales, to predicts the future. Our SIA team can help you easily understand the many components of SIA together and help you transform your data to the information you want in order to take informed decisions and actions. It is imperative that decision‐makers understand the consequences of their decisions before they act and people affected get the opportunity to participate in designing their future.
Our GIS-based approach does not only identify and measure social impacts but also manages them in such a way that the positive externalities are magnified and the negative ones minimised. We can devise a realistic methodology for appraisal of possible social ramifications through active stakeholder participation and their effective mitigation. We can help make your developmental initiatives and projects more responsive to social development concerns to alleviate poverty, enhance inclusion and build ownership while minimizing and compensating for adverse social impacts on the vulnerable and the poor.
With our proven approach in assessing baseline conditions and public involvement, project description and identification of alternatives, screening, scoping and predicting responses to impacts and management and monitoring, we can ensure that your development interventions: (i) are informed and take into account the key relevant social issues; and (ii) incorporate a participation strategy for involving a wide range of stakeholders.