Regional Focus: Mexico
In 2015, Great Panther Silver entrusted O Trade as its advisor in land access and in leading an early stakeholder engagement process in the community of Guadalupe de los Reyes, Cosalá, Sinaloa, where the Guadalupe de los Reyes Exploration Site was located.
O Trade’s social mapping and dialogue-focused methodology was used to assess the living conditions and greatest challenges faced by the community. Among the challenges identified were the issues of clean water access and wastewater management—issues having a greater impact on children and women.
This research and assessment highlighted an opportunity for action in the short term. Beyond the proposal for a solution to the hygiene and water sanitation hurdle, O Trade assisted Great Panther in establishing a collaborative relationship with the local Ejido, and steered the parties into a mutually beneficial Land Access Agreement.
Led open dialogue and clear communication with stakeholders, that contributed to successfully obtaining access to land for an exploration program
Built trust through transparency, dialogue and early engagement
Managed stakeholder expectations by focusing on the capacity limitations that characterize the exploration phase
Delivered detailed poverty assessment, helping to clarify which social investment approach would have the greatest benefits to the communities impacted
Led the first social investment program in the area: a Hygiene, Pest Control and Water Sanitation program delivered to 6 communities within the municipality of Cosalá—with the program including 94 women participants, and its impact stretching to 376 people, including children
Robert A. Archer President & CEO