INSPIRE

Initiative for Social Performance in Renewable Energy

Building leadership for a people-centered just transition

ABOUT

The Initiative for Social Performance in Renewable Energy (INSPIRE) was launched in 2021 in South Africa. 

INSPIRE aims to advance the field of social performance in South Africa’s renewable energy sector, with the wider goal of becoming a leading platform across the African continent and internationally.

Synergy Global Consulting is leading the establishment of INSPIRE with founding support from Actis, Lekela and BTE Renewables. It is implemented in partnership with SAWEA and SAPVIA.

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MISSION

The Challenge
A step change in the level of skills, knowledge and innovation is needed to realise the transformational socio-economic benefits the renewable energy sector can achieve.
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The Opportunity
Building leadership for a people-centered just transition.
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The Work
The Initiative for Social Performance in Renewable Energy (INSPIRE) – a centre of excellence to drive leadership through training, research and innovation.

THE AMBITION IS TO:

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Grow leadership for a people-centred just transition

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Grow capacity in the renewable energy eco-system to maximise economic development and transformation potential of projects and policy

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Professionalise the field of social performance in the renewable energy sector

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Drive best practice development in community engagement and development

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Deepen the community development impact of renewable energy

PARTNER WITH INSPIRE

INSPIRE is a platform which thrives through collaboration.

INSPIRE is a collaborative initiative, bringing together organisations interested in driving system-wide change. 

INSPIRE is aiming to support and connect people, projects and processes.

We are inviting further partners to join the initiative to strengthen and deepen its impact.

Funding and active partnerships are welcome.

We would love to hear from you- especially if you are in the renewable energy industry, a social and development consultant or intermediary, represent civil society, government or a community trust.

Share with us your ideas for how to grow our impact.

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ACTIVITIES

LEARNING

Developing the capacity of industry professionals and stakeholders through training, communities of practice and leadership development, enabling a professionalised practice and empowering internal change

2021/2022 Training Courses

Synergy’s experienced training team is delivering INSPIRE training courses for 2021/2022

Next course in 2022

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Introduction to social performance practice in renewable energy

Join this 2-day course to cover all the basics of social performance in the renewable energy sector. Participants will leave the course with a solid understanding of the function and value of social performance within the business and knowledge of the tools available for improved social performance management.

NOVEMBER 2021

Managing community relations and stakeholder engagement for renewable energy projects

This course will equip participants with the knowledge, tools and practical skills required to better understand and manage stakeholder and community relations and expectations within the renewable energy sector.

FEBRUARY 2022

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Managing community investments and benefits for renewable energy projects

This course will provide participants with a comprehensive introduction to the tools to plan, implement, monitor and report on enterprise development and community investment interventions in REIPPP

 

KNOWLEDGE

Partner to conduct action-oriented research to support improved practices and policy.

INNOVATION

Partner to prototype and incubate transformation focused processes and investments.

PARTNERSHIP

Partner to drive transformation and collaboration through engagement and networking with key stakeholders.

CONTACT US

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Contact Details

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Social performance is the outcome of a company’s engagement, activities and commitments that can directly and indirectly impact stakeholders or affect the quality of its relationships with them. Achieving excellence in social performance requires strong leadership, integrated management systems, and the capability and culture to identify, address and report social risks and impacts.

Source: International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) 2021. Available at: https://www.icmm.com/en-gb/social-performance.

Introduction to social performance practice in renewable energy

Date and price 

Course start: 2022 dates TBA

Price: R8 500

Format

Online

Course objectives

  • To provide participants with an understanding of the nature and breadth of social performance.
  • To position the function and value of social performance within the business.
  • To equip participants with some of the basic tools for improved social performance management.

Course content

  • Introducing social performance (definition, context, guiding principles)
  • Managing social performance within an organisation (challenges, roles and management systems
  • Stakeholder engagement (definition, role, forms and key tools)
  • Understanding your impacts and risks (defining, causes and key tools)
  • Approaches for managing impacts and risks (good practice and tools for mitigation and management
  • Socio-economic benefit delivery (definition, good practice, Theory of Change and Asset Based Community Development)
  • Monitoring and evaluation (including grievance mechanisms)

Managing Community Relations and Stakeholder Engagement for Renewable Energy projects

Date and price 

Course start: 8 November 2021

Price: R8 500

Format

Online sessions and self-study

2 weeks: 8 hours per week

Course objective

The course aims to equip participants with the knowledge, tools and practical skills required to better understand and manage stakeholder as well as community relations and expectations within the renewable energy sector.

Course content

  • Introduction to stakeholder relations and engagement planning.
  • Factors influencing stakeholder relations and engagement.
  • Ethics, principles and values for building and maintaining productive stakeholder and community relationships.
  • Approaches and techniques for stakeholder engagement.
  • Understanding levels of community support.
  • Stakeholder mapping and analysis.
  • Stakeholder engagement planning and tools.
  • Tools for analysing and managing conflict.

Managing Community Investments and Benefits for Renewable Energy Projects

Date and price 

Course start: 21 February 2022

Price: R17 000

Format

Online sessions and self-study

Part-time

Course objectives

The course aims to equip participants with the tools to plan, implement, monitor and report on enterprise development and community investment interventions.

Course content

  • Key principles and practice frameworks of socio-economic development, benefit distribution and community investment, and why this is a critical component of natural resource projects.
  • An introduction to the full spectrum of potential benefits for communities through natural resource projects (including procurement, employment, revenue streams, infrastructure and services, social investments, etc).
  • The key drivers and objectives of socio-economic development, benefit distribution and community investment.
  • An introduction to socio-economic development, benefit distribution and community investment planning, implementation, management and monitoring process, including various delivery methodologies and mechanisms.
  • Key implementation considerations and challenges, including interpreting and applying relevant regulatory frameworks.
  • Scaling up, replication, sustainability and post-project strategies for socio-economic development, benefit distribution and community investment interventions.
  • Understanding the importance of partnership, collaboration and regional development approaches.
  • Climate change impacts and relevant mitigation and adaptation opportunities for community investments.
  • Contextualise and link community investment and benefit distribution to historical experiences of communities and current cross-cutting issues (e.g. trauma, internalised systems of privilege, gender, racism, etc)

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