Connecting Mining Activities to Human Development Goals

Most recent thinking about the social consequences of mining has moved beyond solely reporting economic and fiscal impacts to capturing and analysing human development outcomes for local people. 

The upcoming IM4DC Connecting Mining Activities to Human Development Goals short course in November is designed to build capacity in this new area for representatives from government, civil society and academic institutions, along with policy makers, community leaders, and researchers who want to improve their professional performance to enhance outcomes for communities.

The course will also be of interest to company directors, corporate social responsibility executives and practitioners in the industry wishing to build a new value proposition that enables mining to contribute significantly to human development, poverty reduction and social conditions in developing countries. 

This in-country short course aims to enable participants to consider not only the national, regional and local economic and fiscal impacts of mining but also to answer a new generation of questions related to the impacts of mineral exploitation on the lives of the people: on their quality of life and livelihoods, and specifically to questions of human development. 

Taking place in Santiago, Chile, the course will offer 30 participants from Chile, Peru and other countries in Latin America a week-long program comprising of a two-day educational workshop followed by participation in a three-day conference.

The two-day course will provide both a theoretical frame and practical tools to research, understand and analyse socio-economic conditions in mining regions based on a human development approach and human development indicators (HDIs). It will enable participants to understand the connections between mining activity inputs (for example investment, local procurement, employment, taxes) and social conditions and human development and to communicate these findings well to various stakeholders. 

Jointly presented by the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (Australia) and Casa de la Paz (one of Latin America’s most well reputed NGO’s operating in this area), the course will be presented as part of the second SR Mining Conference in Santiago. CR Mining is one of the most valuable learning spaces for those concerned with leveraging the best possible outcomes from mining activities in South America and globally. It creates a unique space for collaborative engagement of diverse stakeholders to share new approaches and responses to community and environmental challenges in mining. The IM4DC course is thus well placed to draw participants from around the region and equip them to participate in the conference.