Approaches to Conflict Mitigation in the Oil and Mining Sectors - Perspectives from Ghana
Human Rights & Business Roundtable No. 136
September 7, 2017
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Join us for our next Human Rights & Business Roundtable meeting which will take place on Thursday, September 7.
The extractives sector can serve as an important economic driver for developing countries, but oil and mining operations can equally pose significant risks for conflict with local communities. With a centuries-old mining sector - including artisanal/small-scale mining and industrial operations - and a rapidly expanding oil sector, Ghana provides a unique case study on how fault lines can emerge between communities and extractives operators.
As the first government in Africa to join the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Initiative (VPSHR), Ghana provides a useful example of how a multi-stakeholder initiative can provide a platform and vehicle for collectively addressing security and human rights issues on the ground.
This event will consider different approaches to addressing conflict between communities and extractive sector operations, whether it be the tensions between offshore oil exploration and fisheries, competition for resources between communities and industrial mining projects, or violence and crime related to illegal or small scale mining operations. And more broadly, it will examine how platform provided by multi-stakeholder initiatives such as the VPSHR, can be used to troubleshoot and mitigate some of these issues.
Albert Yelyang - Network Coordinator, WANEP-Ghana
Hannah Blyth - Programs Manager, The Fund for Peace
Leslie Taylor - Bureau of Democracy, Rights & Labor, U.S. Department of State
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