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Policy and Distributional Equity in Natural Resource Commodity Markets: Commodity-Chain Analysis as a Policy Tool
This project evaluates distributional equity effects of natural resource policies and broader economic governance policies—including decentralization and liberalization. It uses commodity-chain analysis to measure and explain the current distribution of benefits in a sample of domestic natural resource markets in a selection of eight to ten countries.
For Ghana, the start of oil production in late 2010 may prove to be a significant boom to the country’s economic and development ambitions. But, as many other countries have shown, it will be a difficult journey to move from the generation of oil wealth to its proper investment and to avoid potential pitfalls of corruption, social conflict, and environmental degradation.
The report shows that there are a number of routes by which oil prices impact the poor.
Mining: Partnerships for Development - Toolkit to analyze the social and economic contribution of the mining sector
Many mining companies are already involved in a wide range of in-country partnerships. One of the main challenges preventing broader uptake of the Mining: Partnerships for Development approach is a general lack of awareness of the potential benefits that partnerships can bring. Without understanding how livelihoods or governance have changed in a target community, how can a partnership claim to be effective? Making this assessment is not easy in an environment where data and analysis on the social and economic impacts of mining either do not exist, or are weak and fragmented. Presenting information around the six priority themes can improve this situation by providing an objective evidence base for assessing the social and economic contribution mining has had, or will in future make at the community, regional and national levels.
26-27 October 2000
The Workshop on Environmental Regulation For Accident Prevention in Mining: Tailings and Chemicals Management, held in Perth,Australia, in October 2000, brought together regulators and experts from around 20 countries to share experience, practices and problems associated with regulation of the high-hazard components of mining Participants compared the actions which governments have taken in various countries to prevent accidents and improve environmental safety at mines. A large number of common issues, objectives and approaches emerged. This was in spite of the differences in size, scale or age of the various countries’ mining industries and the different geological and climatic environments which host mines. Participants benefited from the willingness of governments that have experienced a major mining accident to openly share what they had learned, and to discuss the changes made to their permitting and oversight procedures as a result. Participants from developing countries currently permitting new mining operations said they found the event particularly timely.
It takes time to build trusting relationships with stakeholders when moving into new markets. It may not be the quick and easy route, but time and effort invested in real engagement can pay off.
Stressing the relevance of the issue for the private sector, Embedding Human Rights in Business Practice II aims to help establish the business case for human rights and inspire businesses all over the world to raise the level of their human rights performance. As such, the publication represents an important contribution to information and knowledge sharing for companies.
The Logical Framework approach can be used by project managers and community development practitioners as an adaptable and highly functional strategic planning/management framework for any complex field-based development program or activity.
Environmental Resources Management Ltd. (ERM) was commissioned to conduct a scoping study on the potential for an Implementation Guidance Tool (IGT) on the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.
This paper tries to characterise aspects of three specific partnerships as they emerged themselves over time, whilst also interpreting the experience – from the perspective of being one of the partners – in a personal way.