A Free Community Development Toolkit

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Community Development Toolkit was the product of a joint project between the World Bank Group’s Oil, Gas and Mining Policy Division, the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). The development of this revised toolkit was informed by a review of the usage of the 2005 version. It was also informed by approaches developed in the intervening period by other organizations, notably the International Finance Corporation.

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The toolkit provides practical guidance for all stages of the community development process – from exploration through construction, operations, and eventually decommissioning and closure, including the post-closure environment.

Aims

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This toolkit aims to:

  • Foster constructive working relationships and alliances among communities, companies and governments.
  • Build capacity within governments, companies and communities to address sustainable development issues at the local level.
  • Promote the value-adding potential of mine development and operation in support of local and regional social and economic sustainable development efforts.
  • Improve opportunities for the sustainable development of communities around mining and metals operations and regions during all phases of the mining and metals cycle.

Target Audience

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The toolkit provides practical guidance for all stages of the community development process – from exploration through construction, operations, and eventually decommissioning and closure, including the post-closure environment.

Structure of the Toolkit

The toolkit is divided into four sections:

  • An introduction, describing the background to the project; how it builds on previous work by the World Bank Group and the mining, minerals and metals industry; the target audience; and the structure of the toolkit
  • A brief discussion of mining and community development, including community development goals and processes, and opportunities to link community development to the mining and metals project cycle. This section includes good practice principles for sustainable community development, advice on the scheduling of development activities in the mining and metals cycle, and on the roles of government, companies and communities
  • A community development tools section that introduces the essential building blocks of community development and describes the 20 tools and how to use them. Each community development tool is supported by detailed, step-by-step instructions on how and when to apply the tool. The tools are designed to be easily extracted for use in the field
  • A glossary and references section, including a glossary to some important community development terms and concepts, and a list of referenced sources.

You can download this toolkit for free here.

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