May 27, 2016

Given our recent work to better understand how greater transparency around extractives revenues might affect Indigenous Peoples, and CBI’s body of work in company-community consensus building, we were invited to attend an international symposium on community protocols, hosted by Natural Justice, and the Henrich Boell Foundation.

Eighty-five (85) participants from NGOs, academic institutions and foundations from all over the world gathered at the Heinrich Boll Foundation headquarters in Berlin on April 14th to discuss findings from a recent project on community protocols: Community Protocols and the Extractive Sector. Two years into the project, the symposium aimed to discuss the project’s findings with a global group of experts and organizations with experience in community engagement with industry. This exchange will be used to inform a final publication about the project, highlighting good practices and challenges for community protocols for extractive industries.

Through participating at the symposium, I wanted to explore whether community protocols could be used to help bridge the gap between community members, government agencies and extractive companies.