Whilst large projects commence with environmental and social impact assessment studies being carried, failure to adequately and appropriately address social and community issues in good time has resulted in project delays and attendant cost escalations. For big projects worth billions of shillings, the additional costs could rise to enormous figures which affect the economics of the projects. Stakeholder consultation and involvement of affected persons and local leaders helps in creating goodwill for the project and also in resolving community issues and positively contributing to the success of the project.
The presentation will share case studies which will provide learning for proper handling of social and community issues. Now more than ever, citizens are more aware of their rights and agitation for benefits when projects are being carried out in their locality has become the norm. Understanding the interests of various parties and devising creative ways of addressing them contributes to the success of the project. The presentation will create a forum for participants to develop best approaches to these very complex issue in project implementation.
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