Responsible Mineral Development Initiative

Feb 7, 2012

For those interested in sustainable development and mining the new report announced at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos is worth a read.  It’s from the WEF’s Responsible Mineral Development Initiative (RMDI).  It targets bolstering capacity so that communities and governments have the tools they need to realize the economic and social benefits of mining.  What’s particularly interesting is recognition of the benefits of proactive stakeholder engagement and the need to bolster capacity for conflict resolution—as a proactive strategy as well as a response to conflict.  I served on the RMDI advisory group and saw the evolution of project from a broad, amorphous dialogue to a targeted, concrete guidance document.  RESOLVE will continue to participate in and support this multi-sector initiative of the WEF.  The key now is acting on the recommendations—we’re ready to roll up our sleeves.

- Stephen D’Esposito

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