ABOUT THE PROJECT
Experience over the last five decades suggests that mining contributions to economic development vary greatly across countries. In some, it has been a major engine of development. In others, disputes have erupted over land use, property rights, environmental damage, and revenue sharing. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs implemented through health, economic development, education, and training projects, are increasingly relied upon to manage company-community relations. Yet conflicts persist in many settings, with significant costs for companies and communities. This research will help clarify the characteristics of decision-making processes that enable meaningful and constructive engagement of different stakeholders. They will contribute towards developing the practical wisdom, collective understanding, common sense, and prudence required for the mining sector and community partners to realize the economic potential and social and environmental responsibilities of non–renewable resource development.