Module 1: Introduction to Stakeholder Participation

Key Concepts and Outcomes
Module 1 introduces key concepts surrounding stakeholder participation (SP) processes. It sets the background for what SP processes might entail in terms of stakeholder identification, purpose for participation, and degrees of engagement—issues that will be discussed in further detail in following modules. Key concepts discussed include:

  • Who are the stakeholders? Participants should become familiar with the different types of stakeholder participation and realise that we have all been part of some form of stakeholder participation process at some stage—at least by voting. Participants will formulate a definition of stakeholder based on their own experiences of participation processes.
  • Levels of engagement Participants will become familiar with the spectrum of SP approaches, and understand that they vary from simply informing or protesting (one-way communication flow) to actually participating in decisions (two-way communication flow).
  • Participation as human and legal rights Participants will look at participation as a human right and a constitutional right, and analyse different legal and institutional frameworks within which SP processes are necessary.
  • Benefits of stakeholder participation Participants will identify potential benefits and reasons to engage in a SP process.
  • The process Participants will learn what a SP process might entail in terms of required steps (various aspects of the process will be dealt with in following modules, while Module 4 will discuss specific examples of SP models).

Documents


SP Module 1: Intro Powerpoint

Who are the stakeholders, Levels of engagement, participation as human and legal rights, benefits of participation, the process


SP Module 1: Intro Notes

Module 1 introduces key concepts surrounding stakeholder participation (SP) processes. It sets the background for what SP processes might entail.