The toolkit provides a useful methodology for evaluating the positive and negative economic and social effects of mining at the local, regional and national levels in mining countries. These methods will be of relevance to the increasing numbers of lower- and middle-income economies that have high levels of mineral dependence.
- Applying the toolkit, users will develop an improved understanding of what issues, policies and practices may be helping or preventing host communities, regions or the country from benefiting more fully from mining.
- The toolkit responds to a clear need in different parts of the world for a more systematic and objective way to quantify and agree ways to enhance mining's economic and social contribution.
- The toolkit provides a common analytical framework that helps to ensure that comparisons can be made of mining’s contributions and impacts across different countries.
- It has been tested in five countries since 2005 – Chile, Ghana, Peru, Tanzania and the Lao PDR – and is currently being applied in several additional countries. It can be used by mine managers and those interested in promoting economic and social development (host governments, development agencies and development-focused NGOs).
- The toolkit consists of eight modules and an addendum on taxation. There are several worksheet and database templates to help users complete each of them.
- The toolkit is designed to be used on a collaborative basis with a range of key stakeholders. Experience has shown that the insights gained, and the potential subsequent development of new partnership ideas are enhanced by a broad engagement with the work by other parties and especially governments, local communities, development agencies and some specialised NGOs.