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Ideally, in the context of ongoing stakeholder engagement.
But in situations where there is no history of participatory approaches, the CSC can be a powerful and useful methodology for initiating and sustaining community engagement.
Eagle Mine in the U.S. added the CSC process as a second initiative, following the establishment of regular dialogue with local communities to capture and monitor their concerns and interests. After four years of annual CSC deployments, the degree of community confidence in the company and satisfaction with its performance had improved to the point where all stakeholders agreed to stop the scoring exercise, although annual monitoring would continue.Read more
In Cambodia, there had been no opportunities for open exchange between local communities and BHP Billiton/Mitsubishi about the company’s mining activities in the area, until the Cambodian Centre for Independent Media, in cooperation with Cambodia for Resource Revenue Transparency, conducted a CSC process to identify ways to foster improved communication and understanding.Read more
Typically, implementing a CSC does not require a significant cash outlay.
In general, direct costs associated with CSC implementation include organizer/facilitator salaries and modest communications and logistics expenses. These can range from printing of informational posters and brochures and renting meeting space and/or sound equipment to refreshments for community meeting participants and reimbursement of travel costs.
Still, costs can vary significantly depending on the location, scope, scale, and specific CSC context. There could be additional costs for complementary activities such as:
Note that costs associated with the implementation of agreed action plans are not considered part of the actual CSC process. However, companies should keep in mind that there may be additional expenses to carry out these plans.
Successful CSC implementation depends on the ability to mobilize community members/local actors and facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue. Options here include:
IFC’s Sustainable Infrastructure Advisory team has helped train CSC facilitators in several West African countries. Typically co-sponsored by an infrastructure company, the sessions generally last three or four days and attract a mix of participants from the sponsor company, partner organizations, the local community, local government, and local NGOs. Programs feature a classroom component, in which participants learn basic facilitation skills and how to implement the steps of the CSC process. They also include experiential learning, in which participants practice their new knowledge and skills by implementing a pilot CSC in their community.Read more
Yes! You can conduct the process virtually, although face-to-face engagement is desirable if at all possible. Virtual CSCs require connectivity for all participants and facilitators who are comfortable using online communication platforms.
At the height of the covid-19 pandemic, Sierra Rutile in Sierra Leone pivoted to test out a virtual CSC process so they could continue a dialogue with the workforce about building a more gender- responsive workplace.Read more
In addition to financing, IFC offers advisory services that help its infrastructure clients connect with the communities where they operate. Our work creates a foundation that enables communities and companies to share value and sustain good relationships.