The Accountable Mining Programme’s latest blog series explores what Transparency International Chapters are doing on the ground to strengthen community consultation processes.
As the Accountable Mining Programme’s global research has found,
- when consultation only occurs with elites who do not necessarily represent the community’s interests, leaders can take advantage of negotiations for their own personal gain.
- When the negotiation process is not transparent, and agreements are not published, it is difficult to detect whether negotiations have been manipulated and hold the decision-makers to account
- If there are no clear or binding requirements for community consultation (or they are not enforced), this opens the door for the duty to consult to be ignored or undertaken superficially.