Previous Consultation and Mining in Colombia: A tale of disagreement

The Previous Consultation process in Colombia is a fundamental right guaranteed by the Colombian Constitution to ethnic minorities, but its incomplete regulation and enforcement are generating high levels of conflict for all stakeholders involved in mining projects. The problem origins because different stakeholders hold conflicting perceptions about the nature of mining, its role for development,…

Stakeholder analysis and intercultural dialogue: an insight from Colombia

It is commonly agreed that stakeholder participation in environmental decisions offers many benefits, but there is some level of concern that this tool may not be living up to some of its expectations. In particular, there is some level of concern that the interaction with ethnic minorities – especially when there are sizeable differences in…

Can administrative bottlenecks undermine Stakeholder Participation?

Lack of adequate administrative capacity could be contributing to the creation of a culture of negotiated patronages that could undermine the democratic and transparency goals of stakeholder participation. When governments and investors have an interest in quick participation processes, and local communities face administrative bottlenecks for advancing them, there is a clear incentive for offering…