From January 2017 – February 2018, MSI Integrity will undertake a pilot project to examine standard-setting MSIs from the perspective of their intended beneficiaries: communities and rights-holders. MSIs are most often established with the intention of benefiting an identifiable stakeholder group, such as workers, small-scale farmers, and local populations. However, there is little documentation of how these groups perceive MSIs or what they experience as a result of initiative implementation. This project will include on-the-ground research to gather community perspectives on:

  • Whether MSIs are achieving their intended impacts and have enhanced the protection of human rights; and
  • How MSIs can serve community interests and needs, and meaningfully engage and empower rights-holders.

This project is being carried out in partnership with The Network to Fight Against Hunger (RELUFA) based in Cameroon, and is funded with a Learn from Innovation Grant from Voice, financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and managed in consortium by Oxfam Novib and Hivos.