Links and Insights

Useful online resources

Annual Survey, Fraser Institute – assessment by industry operators of the policy, regulatory and resource regime in mining jurisdictions worldwide. A fast summary of how different countries rate, with sub-national analysis for key mining countries. Published June 2016.

Mining Law Survey 2015 – covers nineteen African jurisdictions and summarizes requirements including for impact assessment, community consultation, rehabilitation/closing funds as well as taz rates and identification of key authorities. produced by South African law firm Webber Wentzel.

World Bank revised safeguards – issued August 2016 to go into effect for projects financed by the World Bank from early 2018. Very similar to the IFC PS, but with new provisions relating to anti-discrimination.

IFC Social and Environmental Performance Standards and Guidance Notes 2012, IFC

World Bank Environmental Health and Safety Guidelines, IFC

US State Department, Annual Country Human Rights Reports, US State Department website

BP Statistical Review of World Energy, BP

The Natural Resource Charter



Interesting and sometimes provocative recent papers on the extractive Industries

Christine Bader, The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist – Christine’s personal and analytical account of working on emerging social performance and human rights issues with BP and Ruggie.

Patricia I. Vasquez, Oil Sparks in the Amazon – analysis and description of local oil-related conflicts in Ecuador, Colombia and Peru based on detailed evaluation of fifty five specific local conflicts.

Paul Stevens et al, Conflict and Coexistence in the Extractive Industries, Chatham House, 2013, Chatham House – tracks the increase in conflictual relations between governments and extractive companies.

Dobbs et al, Maximising the Potential of Resource-driven Economies, McKinsey & Company – an overview of tools and cases, especially interesting on the opportunities for substantive local content outside core oil and gas goods and services.

Leis et al, National oil companies reshape the playing field, Bain Brief – succinct analysis of the drivers for different segments of the oil industry.

Leif Wenar, “Fighting the Resource Curse,” Global Policy vol. 4 no 3. (2013): 298-304. See Wenar – Wenar proposes an innovative system of trade sanctions on importers of ‘dirty’ resources.

Insights relevant to understanding and managing social and environmental risks

Extractive industries and indigenous peoples. Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples – draws on empirical evidence to outline ways in which resource extraction can be consistent with respect for indigenous rights.

Morrow, ‘Rights, Interests, and the Water Resource:  Crossing the Rubicon?’ Foundation for Law, Justice and Society, FLJS‎ – applying rights based thinking to issues of water use and scarcity.

Slater et al, Social protection and resilient food systems – a synthesis, ODI, 2013. ODI – summarises the results of many different projects to raise food prouction: relevant to cases where involuntary resettlement means that people have to produce more from less land.

Krati et al, Standing Wealth: Pastoralist Livestock Production and Local Livelihoods in Sudan, Feinstein International Center, 2013.  Feinstein International Center – explores the livelihood benefits of traditional herding.

Farmer et al, Reduced premature mortality in Rwanda: lessons from success, BMJ – shows that well designed programmes can bring real beneficial change.

Dan Ariely, Predictably Irrational, Amazon – provokes thought about how to anticipate reactions to change and to compensation programmes.