The term <dt>consultation</dt> refers to a process of two-way communication between project developers and stakeholders in which views, preferences, and information are exchanged in a culturally appropriate manner, within locally-appropriate time frames, and using locally-understood languages and communication formats.

Consultation processes in social development practice typically aim to achieve the goal of improved decision-making, risk reduction, and mutual cooperation and understanding among all individuals, groups, and organizations with a stake in a project.


*International Finance Corporation. 2006. “Glossary of Terms.” Performance Standards and Guidance Notes - 2006 Edition. Washington D.C.: International Finance Corporation.