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UNDERSTANDING CONFLICT: A FIELD TOOL FOR COMPANIES ENGAGED IN MINERAL EXPLORATION By Onome Ako, Program Manager, CSR Extractives, World Vision Canada & International Programs

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Many multi-national mining companies operate in locations that are low on the socioeconomic development scale, are conflict-prone, are in a state of active conflict or recovering from conflict, suffer from chronic instability, or experience escalation in tension due to extractive operations. In the last several years the extractive industry has made significant progress in developing principles and good practice in implementing corporate social responsibility/citizenship and achieving commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) for sustainable development.

Interest in addressing peace and conflict issues, whether at the macro or community level is currently emerging, and the more progressive industries are beginning to express a need for building capacity and conflict sensitive practices in their operations. This expanding body of experience and strategies for responsible engagement with communities impacted by mining operations bodes well for expanding opportunities for corporate/NGO engagement around compatible strategies and goals. However, despite progress in implementing conflict sensitivity and harm reduction methods by more progressive industries, and in conjunction with locally-operating NGOs, the gap between good intentions and implementing good conflict reduction and community strengthening practices is still very wide, and local communities continue to bear the brunt of the natural resource curse. It is also recognized that the gap between the industries implementing good practices and those ignoring them needs to be narrowed. It has also been recognized that the understanding and dealing with conflict prevention and community engagement are themes around which NGOs and industry have a mutual interest and can find a common ground for collaboration. Hence, there is a need for both sectors to develop cooperation frameworks that will help contribute towards achieving the MDG’s, particularly in areas where NGO operations overlap with industry operations.

This presentation explains the techniques for building a responsible community engagement during mining projects and the importance of conflict-sensitive mining to NGOs, companies, host and home governments, and ultimately the local communities impacted by the mining operations.

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Abu-Bakar S. Massaquoi
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www.frameweb.org
Date
11/25/2011
Language
English
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