Why we work on Inclusive Dialogue with Business
Economic development can be a key driver of prosperity and peace in fragile regions. It has the potential to provide populations with jobs, services, infrastructure and opportunities. However, economic activity in these fragile contexts may lead to conflict between business and community and exacerbate social tensions.
Inclusive Dialogue with Business creates opportunities for local communities, government authorities and business stakeholders to engage with one another, to address issues of common concern and build trust. Dialogue enables stakeholders to express their expectations, develop a better understanding of each other and come to joint agreements.
How we work with Inclusive Dialogue with Business
We offer dialogue support to affected communities and civil society organisations, companies and local governments. We provide support based on the requests of multiple stakeholders, ideally including a local convenor of the dialogue. By strengthening the quality of the dialogue process and the capacity of participants involved, we create the conditions for them to co-develop sustainable solutions. However, success will always depend on a strong commitment to solving the issue by participants.
In this area we support our partners through:
We believe that for a dialogue to be effective, it should be:
Our commitment to serve all actors equally in a dialogue makes us well positioned to offer this service.
Results of Inclusive Dialogue with Business
We currently support various business-community dialogues in all our focus regions. Partners value our independence and expertise in facilitation and mediation. We track various indicators to determine the effectiveness of our support, including:
Learn more about our support for Inclusive Dialogue with Business
Companies, affected communities, local governments and dialogue conveners based in our four focus regions seeking impartial dialogue support to address or prevent conflict are invited to contact Johannes Schreuder.
We run a Call for Proposals (next open in early 2020), targeted specifically at civil society organisations engaged in business-community dialogues in our four focus regions.