Boîte à Outils “Mines Industrielles & Communautés Locales” – RDC

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Cette trousse d’informations et boîte à outils à l’intention des organisations de la société civile et des communautés locales –”Mines Industrielles & Communautés Locales: Promouvoir le développement axé sur les droits humains dans le contexte de l’exploitation minière industrielle en République Démocratique du Congo” – a été publié par l’Association du Barreau Américain au nom de son Initiative Etat de Droit (en sigle, ABA ROLI) en juillet 2016. Lien De Brouckere était la directrice de projet et rédactrice en chef du texte.
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Collaboration with International Rivers on resettlement guide for Inga 3 dam in DRC

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News in the past few weeks about the long-debated DRC Inga 3 dam project – a “dream for Africa” and part of the world’s largest hydropower scheme – has only been more and more worrying. Environmental and social impact assessments and a resettlement action plan have yet to be carried out, even though funding was approved two years ago and a consultancy was selected in September 2015. Notwithstanding this, a consortium of China Three Gorges Corp. and Sinohydro appear to be the likely project developers to be selected in August, with construction beginning in June of next year. Continue reading

Mentions in resources by Cordaid and Natural Justice

One of my many summer projects is to update and reorganize the library of community toolkits on this site with some of the great new publications in the past year or so from fellow organizations similarly working to support community participation in decision-making related to infrastructure and other projects with significant land and water use. As part of that update, today I would like to highlight two new resources that mention my work:

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Questions & tensions around an industrial gold mine in South-Kivu

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What is the difference between an artisanal and an industrial mine? How can we participate in decision-making when only our local chiefs are consulted? How can we stop a mine from coming and who should we speak with about this? Promises were made by the company about local hiring, but they have been broken – how can we respond to this? We don’t have access to information about decisions made by the chefferie authorities – how can we get access to this other information you speak about?

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Talking about extractive sector impact assessment and benefit-sharing in Kabul

Last week I was happy to be back in Kabul to do a series of in-person interviews, together with my national colleague, Javed Noorani, with a range of government, civil society, donor and private sector actors as part of our on-going consultations and research for an issue paper on the role of the extractive sector to support economic development and peace in Afghanistan. Continue reading

Theatrical Antics, Rural Radio and a Cyanide Spill in Guinea

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Some reflections on the ABA ROLI Practical Guide Mining & Communities since its release

Immediately after the release in late June by the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) of the Practical Guide, Mining & Communities: Supporting human rights-based development in the context of industrial mining in Guinea, thanks to the invaluable support and hustle of my national colleague Kabinet Cissé, I led the facilitation of workshops on the Practical Guide for ABA ROLI in Guinea’s three principal mining regions (bauxite, gold, iron ore) for close to 80 people working with local civil society groups and local authorities. During the mission, we also hosted a launch in Conakry for the benefit of government, industry and NGOs. In this post, I want to share how the interest coming from all corners in more workshops on the Guide has exceeded my expectations, uptake of the Guide’s contents is well under way by local radio and NGOs, and a recent cyanide spill demonstrates the need for sustained local technical accompaniment. Continue reading