sharing in governance of extractive industries
I learned today about 5 fascinating community monitoring projects in Asia. The projects show the power of communities to monitor oil and mining projects and to work with local authorities and companies to achieve change.
I am at the regional case conference of ANSA EAP on community score cards in extractive industries.The meeting brought together CSOs from Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia, Timor Leste and Mongolia that have used community score cards to improve governance and constructive engagement among stakeholders.
One of my favorite projects is from Indonesia. Communities monitored social and environmental aspects of Petrochina Oil company in the Bojonegoro district by using community score cards. They used international standards that the company has subscribed to, such as ISO and United Nations Global Compact on Environment, as benchmarks. In a multi-stakeholder meeting, the company, local government authorities and the communities, discussed the scoring and agreed on solutions. Stakeholders agreed, for example, to have monthly meetings and to conduct an evaluation of the CSR related complaints.
Projects in Timor Leste and Philippines also achieved real change on the ground. Of course, all projects had their struggles - from companies leaving the interface meeting to accessing basic information necessary to monitor. But, it is inspiring to see how the communities continued to pursue their efforts and how in the end communities, companies and local government agencies agreed on joint solutions.
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