Reflections from Practice Series 3: Joint Fact Finding
Development-related conflicts involving disputes of fact occur across all sectors, from mining and agribusiness to infrastructure and manufacturing. Project operators may find themselves in conflict with neighboring communities about predicted environmental or health impacts of the project, the quality of the Environmental Impact Assessment, or what experts did the studies.
Joint Fact-Finding is a dispute resolution tool that provides the opportunity for the parties to explore ways to jointly collect, analyze, and interpret data and build consensus around it. Based on CAO's experience working to resolve disputes between IFC/MIGA clients and local communities, "Joint Fact-Finding" outlines the principles and strategies to consider when developing a joint fact-finding process.