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14-03: Economic Appraisal of Land and Geospatial Projects
Friday, 24/Mar/2017:
11:00am - 12:30pm

Location: MC C1-200

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ID: 991 / 14-03: 1
MasterClass - learning day events

Economic Appraisal for Land and Geospatial Projects

Andrew Coote1, Aanchal Anand2, Alan Smart3

1Consultingwhere Ltd, United Kingdom; 2World Bank; 3ACIL Allen

The tutorial will provide policy makers and geospatial specialists with an understanding of the application of economic principles and methodologies to socio-economic evaluations of geospatial projects across a range of domains but with a focus on the land sector. it will also cover techniques for the effective presentation of results to policy makers.

The master class will begin with a brief tutorial on the combination of methodologies used in recent national scales studies from developed and developing countries. These will focus on cost-benefit analysis and General Equilibrium Modelling. A further tutorial will cover some of the other techniques currently used in appraisals, ending with a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of each.

In the second part of the session, we will use a case study to illustrate the trade-offs in evaluating a proposed investment from the perspective of different stakeholders.

The following questions will be addressed: which methodology is appropriate to different circumstances; what strategies are effective to communicate the message;

how are non-financial considerations factored in the analysis.

This session will involve dividing the delegates in groups who will consider these perspectives and design an "elevator pitch" to present their conclusions.

Andrew has thirty years experience in the development and use of information systems, specialising in the management and economic justification of location-enabled applications. He has held senior management positions in both the public and private sector in the UK and Africa and undertaken strategic consultancy assignments in Europe, United States, Middle East, Russia, Southern Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

His expertise in economic assessment and business case development (cost-benefit / RoI studies) stretches back over 20 years. Significantly, he has recently led ground-breaking studies assessing the return on investment of address geography for local government, work for EuroSDR on the socio-economic benefits of 3D geo-information to several land-focused use cases and valuing the economic stimulus of “free at the point of use” spatial data in Great Britain.

He lectures on business management and has designed and delivered management training courses on investment appraisal of geospatial projects and risk-based Project Management.