Social Assessment and Development Planning

Earth Systems has been incorporating social assessment into our environmental assessment work for over a decade. We consider social assessment to be an equal and essential component of EIA, particularly in contexts where economic and social vulnerabilities are concerned.

Our team is experienced in qualitative and quantitative social research and survey techniques. Having undertaken social assessments in a variety of countries including Senegal, Uganda, Mali, Guinea and Liberia, we have developed an approach that we can replicate, yet still tailor to the individual circumstances of a project.

We have in-house linguistic capabilities in Wolof, French, English, Swahili and Kinyarwanda. Where necessary, Earth Systems can draw on its network of partners and associates for social surveys to benefit from knowledge of additional languages and social customs.

Our goal is to provide clients with detailed, accurate socio-economic information and an understanding of the local situation to support the development of social management and mitigation programs. We also work with companies, investors and communities to ensure that local people are able to realise the potential benefits of a project. Through sound assessment, effective implementation of social development programs, regular consultation and participatory development planning, we aim to ensure that our clients receive a ‘Social License to Operate.’

Services Provided

For more information or to discuss our range of environmental and social services please contact Earth Systems at


Earth Systems Senegal Office
Face Station Shell Ngor-Almadies,
Route de l’aéroport,
lot N° 02, Dakar, Senegal
Tel: (221) 3386 83023
Fax: (221) 3382 04351

Earth Systems Rwanda Office
KG 599 ST, House 13,
Gishushu, Kigali, Rwanda
Tel: +250 781 103 535
Fax: +221 3382 04351