Rethinking Private Sector Hearts and Minds in Southeast Asia

LONDON, 14 August 2012: Thesigers recently conducted a rapid field assessment of private sector community outreach in a distressed area of Southeast Asia. Working under contract to an established Brussels-based social development consultancy, Thesigers was tasked with evaluating the impact of external stakeholder engagement on communities in and around a major mining concession. The assignment involved field research in lowland and highland villages, collecting information on local perceptions of environmental and social issues, and development of an analytical framework for understanding community views of the client's 'social license to operate'. The assignment, led by Thesigers director Michael A. Innes, was conducted in the midst of a relatively stable but demographically and ethnically complex environment, punctuated by sporadic episodes of social tension and tribal warfare.