Links to other organizations and studies on complementary themes related to mineral policy, mining law, and sustainable development:

  • International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

IISD is a research institution promoting global sustainable development.

  • African Union

The African Union and UN ECA are supporting an International Study Group
For more information on this effort, contact Wilfred Lombe:

Wilfred C Lombe
UNECA Southern Africa Office
P.O. Box 30647
Lusaka, ZAMBIA
Tel +2601228502/5
Fax +2601236949

  • Public Statement on the International Investment Regime

This is a statement by academics detailing concerns and recommendations regarding international investment conditions.

  • United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

UNECA is a UN regional commission promoting economic and social development in African nations.

  • International Finance Corporation

The International Finance Corporation is working on a project for the development of a model Community Development Agreement, which could become a local level instrument that is complementary to the MMDA, which is seen as an agreement between a mining company and a national government. For more information on this effort, contact Boubacar Bocoum,

  • World Economic Forum – Fair Mineral Development Initiative

The World Economic Forum, in cooperation with the International Council on Mining  and Metals, is  supporting a Fair Mineral Development Initiative. For more information on this effort, contact Jan Klawitter,

  • Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development

The Foundation works to strengthen democratic decision-making for sustainable development.

  • International Council on Mining and Metals

The ICMM is an association of mining and metals companies and other industry groups working to improve industry standards and sustainability.

  • U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

OHCR promotes and protects human rights around the world.

  • Revenue Watch

Revenue Watch promotes transparent, effective management of natural resources wealth through research and grants and has lead development of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

See also Revenue Watch Institute’s “Contracts Confidential Report.”

  • Soros Foundation-Kazakhstan

Soros Foundation–Kazakhstan is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization that works to promote democracy and civil society development in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

  • Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

The EITI works to improve governance in resource-rich countries through the verification and full publication of company payments and government revenues from oil, gas and mining.

  • International Bar Association Mining Law Committee

The Committee is an association of international legal practitioners promoting exchange of information, ideas and views.  The MMDA is a project of the Committee.

  • Global Witness

Global Witness investigates and exposes the corrupt exploitation of natural resources in order to end human rights and environmental abuses and conflict over resources.

  • Mining and Biodiversity Resource Library, International Union for Conservation of Nature

IUCN has compiled resources relating to biodiversity and the extractive industries.

  • “Stabilization Clauses and Human Rights.”

This is a research paper studying the extent to which stabilization clauses in investment projects impede new social and environmental legislation.$FILE/Stabilization+Paper.pdf

  • “Governance Framework for Extractive Industries in Africa – Mining”

This paper, financed by the Government of the Netherlands aims to develop governance guidelines for extractive industries in Africa to improve the benefits of government revenues from natural resource development.