Community Insights Group (CIG) is an international consultancy that specialises in all aspects of social performance. We provide our clients in mining, oil & gas, infrastructure, renewables, international development and other sectors  with capacity building,  research and advisory services.

 We are actively involved in academia, research institutions and fora to identify, develop, apply and share better methods and technologies. CIG has links to the University of Groningen in Netherlands,  the University of Queensland’s Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) in Australia and the University of Strathclyde’s Faculty of Engineering in Scotland.

CIG is also the initiator home of the SIAhub, a web-based portal for over 850 social impact assessment (SIA) practitioner members. This initiative reflects our commitment to strengthening the SIA discipline and community of practice.

Latest News

IPIECA guidanceWe are pleased to announce the publication of IPIECA’s second edition of the local content guidance document for the oil and gas industry developed by CIG in collaboration with Evelyn Dietsche. The Guidance supports the spirit of ‘shared value’ and outlines an approach that encourages producer countries, resource developers, their supply chain and other stakeholders to work collaboratively. It provides a framework for:

  • Understanding the host country’s context – industrial capacity, industrial policy, local content-related regulatory framework and stakeholders’ expectations;
  • Establishing a company strategy for collaborating with stakeholders on a shared vision for local content including demand analysis in the project life cycle, supply-side analysis and allocation of responsibilities; and
  • Setting up company’s organizational structure, systems and procedures to deliver value from local content efforts.
  • The Guidance is accompanied by a case study appendix.


    Registration is now open for the  Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Social Sustainability course in Maputo,  Mozambique, 18 – 29 July 2016. Visit the University of Groningen page for details and registration.

    The next Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Social Sustainability Summer School will take place on  27 June – 8 July,  2016 . This practical course designed by CIG and the University of Groningen in association with Intersocial Consulting and the World Bank develops skills in managing the social risks and impacts associated with the development of public and private investment projects (e.g. mines, dams, highways, industry parks, electricity transmission corridors, agricultural developments), and particularly issues related to land acquisition and resettlement. Visit course webpage for more information and registration.

    CIG contributed to the new IAIA Social Impact Assessment Guidance Document that was launched at the IAIA15 Annual Conference in Florence. The document seeks to provide advice on good practice in the undertaking and appraisal of SIAs and the adaptive management of projects to address the social issues.

    CIG, in collaboration with Right2Respect, introduces a new rapid assessment service to enable natural resource sector companies to identify and proactively manage their projects’ social, human rights and health risks. Please visit our Rapid Risk Scoping page for more information.