- EBRD resettlement guidance and good practice
The introduction totally hits the spot - resettlement can be incredibly challenging, both for those being resettled and for those designing and implementing the process, but managed properly can bring long-term economic and social benefits for affected communities. However this can only happen if there is upfront investment in listening and involving people so as to find solutions that meet their needs.
It is only by placing the affected people at the heart of the process and making the effort to understand and accommodate their individual needs and concerns that will facilitate a smoother implementation and will minimise costs in the long run.
So, imagine you are being resettled...
Read the online publication: ebrd resettlement good practice guide
- Oxfam: mining, resettlement and lost livelihoods
The report presents experiences of involuntary resettlement from the perspective of people who are recovering from mining induced resettlement. It describes the context within which mining and resettlement has taken place – a setting characterised by poverty, rapid economic growth, limited regulatory capacity and intense pressure on land availability.
The study is centred on a coal mine and the resettlement of 738 households, affecting approximately 3,680 people. The resettlement process has involved three companies through two acquisitions over a period of five years. It is a sobering account of the effects of involuntary resettlement.
- Rio Tinto: Why Cultural Heritage Matters
The guide was developed in response to requests from employees for tools and advise to guide them in how to deal with and manage cultural heritage issues that affect and are affected by company activities. It is a bit of a ‘big company’ view but still has a lot to offer anyone looking to do better. The case studies are particularly useful.
- MSV Mining Local Procurement Reporting Mechanism
Mining procurement spending has the potential to have significant economic impact and measuring and reporting on local procurement is becoming increasingly useful at many levels - from spend management at site level to reporting company performance to national governments.
The case studies and framework provide food for thought for anyone looking to increase the rigour and consistency of their procurement activities and spending.
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- ICMM Community Development Toolkit
A key element of sustainability when it comes to community development is that actions must be community planned and driven, not imposed by outsiders. When done in the right way, company activities can play a role by acting as a catalyst for positive economic and social change in areas that have limited opportunities for economic and social development.
- GATES-AfDB: Extractives Industry and Social Investment
History shows that an abundance of natural resources does not necessarily improve a country’s human development, which begs the question – how can governments turn new discoveries of natural resources into outcomes that matter for their citizens – including better health, better education, and access to quality social services?
To try and find some answers the Africa Development Bank and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation came together to develop a joint flagship report: Delivering on the promise: leveraging natural resources to accelerate the human development in Africa. This paper, one of a series of eight background papers, looks at how government and industry can maximize the human development impact of companies’ social investment spending.
Read the online publication: www.gatesfoundation.org
- Preventing Conflict in Exploration Tool and Toolkit
A practical, simple guide that sets out the important steps for using constructive engagement to prevent conflict during exploration.The toolkit is a simple, practical guide that sets out the important steps for using constructive engagement to prevent conflict through during exploration. The toolkit brings in ideas and experiences from the three collaborating partners - the Corporate Engagement Program Framework, PDAC’s e3Plus, and World Vision’s Making Sense of Turbulent Contexts and pulls in its content from a series of field tests with exploration companies as well as the input of many contributors and collaborators.
- VPSHR Implementation Guidance Toolkit
The Implementation Guidance Tool (IGT) is a set of tools designed to help companies, and their employees and contractors implement the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.
- VPSHR Implementation Toolkit
Since the VPSHR were agreed upon, companies have accumulated considerable experience on their implementation. This document aims to make the experience more widely available.
- PDAC First Engagement Field Guide
Many guides on community and stakeholder relations have been produced for extractive sector companies. The PDAC’s e3 Plus Framework for Responsible Exploration was the first resource designed for junior exploration companies, addressing their specific human resource, financial, and timeline challenges.
More recently, additional resources like this one, have been created to support junior companies with their community engagement activities. This guide is intended to complement existing publications, and fills a gap by providing practical, step-by-step ideas that can be used at the site level.
Read online publication: http://www.pdac.ca/programs/e3-plus/community-engagement-guide
- Australian Wind Industry Community Engagement Guidelines
The guidelines aim to provide a blueprint for wind farm operators to engage effectively with local communities. The approach looks like it shares many similarities with the resource sector. The toolkit looks pretty handy, particularly the stakeholder id and mapping approach, which comes at it from a new direction. It's new to me at any rate.