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Managing Risk and Maintaining License to Operate: Participatory Planning and Monitoring in the Extractive Industries
This study explores how communities and companies can engage in co-planning and monitoring to ensure sustainable local development benefits from the extraction of resources. Within the context of a spectrum of participation a variety of tools and mechanisms are presented in the paper. Some of these tools have been used primarily in the public sector, however companies stand to benefit from the tools in forms that are adapted to context, as they are potential vehicles to increase transparency, and thus accountability of companies, communities and governments.
Community-Driven Development: Key Design Principles for Design and Implementation of Community-Driven Development Programs
Can Community-Driven Development (CDD) be supported on a large scale so that many communities can each simultaneously drive investment decisions? The World Bank has identified 10 principles to guide policy formulation and program design and to enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of support to CDD. These principles are listed and discussed in detail and emerged from an analysis of large-scale CDD programs that received positive evaluations and from a series of consultations between the World Bank and leading practitioners.
EITI Capacity-Building Workshop for Civil Society Representatives from Western and Central Africa and
From 26 November to 5 December, 2005, the international campaign “Publish What You Pay" (PWYP), with the support of other partners, organized two workshops: the first was a capacity-building workshop for representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs) from central and western Africa; the second was a meeting to review the regional PWYP strategy.
The report reveals that the top three global business risks for mining and metals in 2011 and 2012 are resource nationalism, skills shortage and infrastructure access. The top 10 business risks facing the sector are identified through our discussions with mining and metals leaders and from our analysis of organizations around the world. While this is not an exhaustive list of risks, it provides a snapshot of the most significant challenges currently facing the sector.
A practicioner's guide to undertaking social impact assessment at the project level for IFC-financed projects.
Coal is a vital global energy source - not only does coal provide electricity, but it is also an essential fuel for steel and cement production, and other industrial activities. Technologies are continuously being developed to increase the ways in which coal can be utilised, to improve the efficiency of coal, and to meet environmental challenges.
This paper develops a conceptual framework to design and assess an environmental post-decision monitoring program under EIA procedures - INDICAMP. It also discusses how current indicator frameworks can be used to design and evaluate the performance of environmental monitoring programs in projects.
The Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal presents business relevant human rights information on developing countries around the world, and enables companies, governments and rights advocates to better understand and address the human rights and development impacts of private-sector investment.
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This paper reviews the basic concept of the profitability of investment in education and enumerates the various techniques that have been used in the literature to estimate the rate of return to investment in education. The various estimating techniques are illustrated by using household survey data from Venezuela and Guatemala. The paper also reviews the controversies that have appeared in the literature regarding the use of rates of return to investment in education for designing educational policy.