Mining: Partnerships for Development

Gyedu village bore holes - courtesy of Newmont

What is ICMM doing?

ICMM has developed a methodology for engaging with a wide range of stakeholders to develop multi-generation partnerships with countries and communities where they seek to operate. The aim is to ensure that the approaches which are developed are broadly based and well supported, delivering sustainable benefits to the country as a whole.

The toolkit

Starting in 2004, ICMM undertook comparative research across 33 countries, conducting four country case studies in-depth, to understand the direct economic and social impacts of mining. The work also identified critical success factors that have enabled some countries to benefit from substantial resource endowments and avoid the resource curse. This research provided the basis for the first version of the toolkit which comprised modules to measure the economic and social contribution of mining at a national and local level. It was applied by ICMM in Chile, Peru, Ghana and Tanzania.

ICMM’s Mining: Partnerships for Development Toolkit (2011) allows companies, governments, development agencies, civil society and other stakeholders in mining countries to objectively assess the industry’s full economic and social contribution and to build consensus on ways to enhance it. Developed in collaboration with UNCTAD and the World Bank Group, it provides a common analytical framework that allows comparisons to be made of mining’s economic and social contributions and impacts across different countries.

What will our work achieve?

The Mining: Partnerships for Development Toolkit can help to:

  • establish data concerning the economic and social contribution of mining in a thorough and objective way
  • initiate workshops that constructively shape the debate about mining’s impacts and build consensus for action plans to enhance mining’s contribution through multi-stakeholder partnerships
  • build action-oriented partnerships to address the specific governance challenges faced by the country in question and drive broad-based social and economic development outcomes.

Each year, ICMM applies the toolkit in a country which is resource driven. To date, the toolkit has been applied in BrazilChilePeruGhanaTanzaniaLao PDR and Zambia. The work has provided, and continues to provide, benchmarks and overarching policy lessons, choices and trade-offs to feed into country-level, regional and global debates on mining’s contribution to social and economic development.

In 2013, ICMM commissioned an independent evaluation of the toolkit work (the Executive Summary can be downloaded by clicking here). This gives ICMM the opportunity to draw important lessons for its future work. Remarks in the evaluation report affirm the toolkit’s approach to generating high quality data about mining’s contribution to economic and social development and providing concrete steps for establishing partnerships. While developed in collaboration with the World Bank and UNCTAD, the evaluation report also identifies that a core part of the toolkit’s success is the ICMM brand. 

In 2014, ICMM will continue its MPD work by:

  • revisiting the 2007 Ghana MPD application by applying the life-cycle module of the Mining: Partnerships for Development Toolkit in Ghana in collaboration with the Ghana Chamber of Mines
  • building capacity to apply the toolkit in the Africa region
  • revisiting selected previous toolkit applications to reinforce past efforts                                                             
  • attending international conferences to share the evidence arising from our in country work

ICMM Principles

Principle 9
Contribute to the social, economic and institutional development of the communities in which we operate.
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