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Participatory monitoring is the term used to refer to a process through which representatives of affected communities participate in monitoring projects that impact their lives. Participatory project monitoring helps build confidence among businesses and communities, not only as a way to prevent conflicts but also to increase direct benefits to stakeholders. This type of community involvement aims to break the cycle of â€œHe said, she saidâ€ and â€œI donâ€™t trust youâ€, giving communities the opportunity to get a first-hand look at projects and draw their own conclusions. Building trust between governments, companies and communities plays an important role in project sustainability. Misinformation and distrust can easily turn a small issue, even if unrelated to the project, into a potentially more controversial one and with greater risk.
Participatory monitoring is particularly suitable for projects that:
- May potentially have significant negative environmental and social impacts, such as large-scale infrastructure projects and projects related to extractive industries (mining, oil and gas).
- Are implemented in areas where communities have a history of distrust of the government or the project company/contractor.
- Are implemented in areas where a lack of communication and accurate information can lead to increased tensions.
- Review the participatory monitoring mechanisms applicable to infrastructure projects.
- Identify experiences or case studies of participatory monitoring applied in infrastructure projects or other sectors in Latin America.
- Identify the conditions required to promote participatory monitoring.
- Develop a document that reflects the main conclusions and recommendations reached by the Working Group and presents good practices for applying participatory monitoring in project implementation.