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Implementing international raw materials policy standards

Coppermine in Zambia.

Many countries have a raw materials policy that sets out a framework for guidance and action and provides the basis for steering sustainable development in the sector. Optimum interaction between raw materials policy and legislation enables mineral resources to be exploited for the benefit of development. Sector strategies must meet the country-specific challenges while also taking account of the needs and capacities of civil society, local administrative structures and suppliers.

As a first step it is essential to perform a thorough analysis of the sector, its shortcomings and challenges, but also the capacities of the most important stakeholders. The analytical procedures must be designed so as to enable the various social groups to participate. In this way non-state actors are put in a position to influence the country’s fundamental political orientation in the extractive sector even before the policy is formulated. This approach is part of an important and necessary democratisation of the extractive sector.

There are already many international standards for the formulation of policy regimes in the extractive sector, such as the Africa Mining Vision and the Natural Resource Charter. Applying these policies and putting them into practice remains a challenge. The Extractives and Development sector programme therefore provides support for implementing existing initiatives locally. The sector programme is committed to ensuring that strategy processes are participatory in order to achieve a broad consensus within society, allowing the outcomes to be put into practice effectively and comprehensively.

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