ICMM: Well-being improved in mining-dependent countries

    Susi Huisman
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    By Susi Huisman in the group Redactie EPRM 120 days ago
    ICMM: Well-being improved in mining-dependent countries

    A recent report of the International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM) finds that the lives of people in mining-dependent countries have, on average, improved faster than those of people in other countries over the past 20 years. The report challenges the conventional belief that extractive industries can impede social and economic well-being of populations.

    The report, which is called ‘Social progress in mining-dependent countries’, uses the lens of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and finds that most mining-dependent countries have significantly improved their social performance over the 20 years leading up to the launch of the SDGs in 2015.

    People in the 25 countries that are mining-dependent are now generally healthier, better educated, and enjoy improved access to affordable and clean energy, water and sanitation, and telecommunications and financial services. The report shows that people living in these countries are better off in absolute terms and that they outperformed countries that are not resource dependent.

    However, the report cautions against attributing causality between the prevalence of mining alone and observed social progress. There are other factors at play, including government capacity and policies, quality of governance, economic activity in other sectors, and the effectiveness of social programmes (run by the government, the private sector, and NGOs).

    The report reaffirms the potentially important contribution the mining sector can make to shaping social progress. The observed gaps in the social performance of mining-dependent countries could also help mining companies and other stakeholders identify priorities for engaging in productive partnerships with host governments, communities, and civil society.

    This principle has been endorsed by and is embedded within the EPRM. Do you want to know more about the EPRM-funded projects? Read about them here.

    The entire report of the ICMM can be read here.