I first heard the words “meeting under the mango tree” as a euphemism for having a predictable, easy to access process for enabling community members to raise issues and concerns in a safe and familiar place.  There is no fixed agenda and no one-size-fits-all for these exchanges. With one company we set up drop-in centres in each local village with a designated community officer in attendance everyday. Another made it known that a company person would be available “under the mango tree” for two hours every market day. I am hoping this blog will achieve something similar – the regular, free and open sharing of ideas and experiences. Time will tell how well it works out.

September 2020 Archives

More linked up early local development thinking

Community Development |  30 September 2020

I posted in March the benefits that result from working in a structured and systematic way. This follow-up is related to the outlook and governance aspects and again comes from Ghana. It came as an of evolution in our thinking, particularly in the areas of livelihood replacement, mitigation vs benefit and social investment linkages to the project life cycle...

Meeting your legal obligations

Responsible Business Management |  16 September 2020

This is another in our short series outlining the basic information needed to quickly come up to speed with the social aspects of a new exploration field activities / project / existing operation / business acquisition. Taken together the full series provides a checklist that is useful whether you need to do a risk assessment, as input to a study or project kick-off meeting, an onboarding briefing for a new project or operations manager or a general familiarisation.


Feeling the pulse- your relationship health check

Responsible Business Management |  2 September 2020

We know that the level of social risk associated with a project is linked to the quality of relationships with local people but how can you know where you stand? There are two simple ways to do this. The first is to pay attention for changes in the tone of meetings with government agencies, partners and community members. The second is to note changes in behaviour and attitude you see happening in the community...