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UNDP aims to resolve unsettled disputes with Stakeholder Response Mechanism

March 20 2015

Philippines. IWGIA archive photo.
UNDP has launched a new mechanism to address unresolved issues between project-affected stakeholders and UNDP.

Annemiek Wilson / IWGIA

The Stakeholder Response Mechanism (SRM) aims to help project-affected stakeholders, governments and other partners jointly resolve concerns and disputes. Among other things, it will enable stakeholders to start a dialogue, facilitate discussions, and mediate disputes while gaining a deeper understanding of the facts. UNDP Country Office management currently takes the lead in Stakeholder Response, and a headquarters function will also support the SRM. 

Who may request the Stakeholder Response Mechanism?

According to UNDP, any person or community potentially affected by a UNDP-supported project may file a request for response from the SRM. However, their concerns must first be raised with Implementing Partners and/ or with UNDP through standard channels of communication for stakeholder consultation. If the affected stakeholders are not satisfied with the initial response, they can utilize the SRM to further communicate their concerns.

In order to submit a request, it must relate to a UNDP-supported project and a possible environmental or social impact. The Requestors must also state how they have, or may be, adversely affected by the project. Stakeholders may also file a request directly with the SRM at the UNDP Headquarters in New York, if they are concerned about the Country Office’s ability to respond fairly and effectively.

For more information on the process, and what happens after a request is submitted, read more here.