Multi-stakeholder groups (MSGs) are a key feature of the CoST approach. A significant purpose of the CoST pilot was to test whether multi-stakeholder working is a sustainable, credible and effective way to increase transparency. The experience has shown that the multi-stakeholder approach can work successfully in the infrastructure sector and in a variety of political and social environments, provided certain conditions are met. It has also provided incentives in the pilot countries to sustain the application of CoST beyond the pilot.
This note reviews the CoST experience with MSGs and the lessons learnt over the pilot study.