The International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) was organized in 1980 to bring together researchers, practitioners, and users of various types of impact assessment from all parts of the world. One of the unique features of IAIA is the mix of professions represented, which provides members with outstanding opportunities for interchange: to advance the state of the art and science of impact assessment in applications ranging from local to global; to develop international and local capability to anticipate, plan and manage the consequences of development; to enhance the quality of life for all.
IAIA therefore involves people from many disciplines and professions, including corporate planners and managers, public interest advocates, government planners and administrators, private consultants and policy analysts, university and college teachers and their students. IAIA members now number more than 2,500 and represent more than 120 countries. Organizations are active in Brazil, Central and Eastern Europe, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Cameroon, Eastern Africa, Zambia, Mozambique, Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Canada (Ontario & Quebec) and the United States with affiliate branches in 14 of these countries. The South African affiliate, IAIAsa is an official affiliate of the International body.
International conferences are held annually, while regional conferences are organized to make information exchange and networking opportunities available to those who might not be able to attend the international conferences, as well as to focus attention on specific issues.
Training programmes are held regularly in conjunction with IAIA international conferences. These can range from one day to one week in duration and deal with a variety of impact assessment issues.
The quarterly international journal, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, contains a variety of peer-reviewed research articles, professional practice ideas, and book reviews of recently published titles. IAPA provides a one-source link to the latest ideas in the wide-ranging field of impact assessment.
The IAIA newsletter, published four times annually, provides members with current information concerning association activities and events as well as professional news in the field of impact assessment.
IAIA has entered into strategic partnerships with a number of national and international organizations. Among these are The Netherlands Association for Environmental Professionals (VVM), the World Bank, various United Nations organizations, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA). These partnerships have been mutually beneficial, enabling our organization to accomplish jointly a number of projects that IAIA likely would not have been able to undertake alone.
The link to the IAIA website is http://www.iaia.org/