The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, represents the world's largest multilateral source of debt and equity financing of private sector projects in developing countries. IFC recognizes that the private sector has specific characteristics and operates under certain constraints, which at times make public consultation and disclosure particularly sensitive and complex. This Good Practice Manual is therefore based upon practical experience from current IFC activities and from other examples of international good practice for public involvement and consultation in private sector projects. The guidance presented in this manual is specifically tailored to assist companies working in developing and emerging economies.
Section A of the manual is intended for project participants and others interested in the importance of public consultation in project development and the expectations of IFC. Section B focuses on managing the entire public consultation process and is geared towards project managers. Section C has been written for line managers and those practitioners and consultants engaged in planning and implementing public consultation activities at various stages of the project.