Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement (MuSE)

The online instructor-led courses are offered in a personalized mode with no more than 30 students in each class. Start and finish dates are clearly marked. Besides the online tools used for interaction in the virtual environment, courses provide students with continuous support from a technical assistant, the tutor and a program coordinator, who are experts in the course topics, and are able to offer effective feedback in all course activities and promote relevant discussion.


This five-week on-line course offers an overview of the principles and content that should be present for a consultation process to be considered “meaningful”. Since it is not feasible to discuss every possible circumstance in detail, the course reflects on principles and gives overall guidance, rather than a standard blueprint or “one size fits all” approach.

Broadly, the course addresses three aspects of how consultation is approached in IDB policies and how good practice has evolved: (i) Explicit mandatory and binding requirements related to consultation in IDB policies and guidelines; (ii) Implicit requirements of the consultation process not stated explicitly in the policies, but that are necessary conditions and inputs to achieve the more explicit requirements; and (iii) International good practice related to consultation as developed in recent years, both by IDB and other development agencies, academia, civil society and others.
The course is divided into five modules: (1) Foundations of MSE; (2) 10 Elements of MSE; (3) Diving Deeper into Elements of MSE, part 1; (4) Diving Deeper into Elements of MSE, part 2, and (5) Making Recommendations to Improve the Engagement Process and Course Conclusion.
The course is available only in English

The Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement Course (MuSE) is primarily intended for licensing agents and the environmental and social specialists on project teams who review and approve Environmental and Social Impact Assessments. The course is intended to provide guidance to public sector authorities and staff responsible for consultation and stakeholder engagement in potentially high-risk investment projects. Minimum technical requirements to be met by the participant: • Office package domain (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and Acrobat software for viewing and downloading documents. • Be an advanced Internet user able to search, access videos, participate in groups and discussion forums, etc. • Own and manage a personal email account to receive notifications and be informed of course developments. • Complete the Navigation Activity in the Classroom. • Excellent command of English, both written and spoken
Free, for qualifying applicants
10 Hours per week
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N°1. Foundations of MSE
N°2. 10 Elements of MSE
N°3. Diving Deeper into Elements of MSE, part 1
N°4. Diving Deeper into Elements of MSE, part 2
N°5. Making Recommendations to Improve the Engagement Process and Course Conclusion

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