Conference and Roundtable
Extractive Industries and Local Governance in Developing Countries: Challenges and Solutions

18 January 2016, 14:00-­‐19:30
Auditorium Jacques-­‐Freymond, Parc Barton
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva

Extractive industries play an important role in resource-­‐rich developing countries. Natural resource extraction makes significant contribution to GDP and government revenue in such countries. However, there are many risks associated with resource dependence including commodity price volatility, lack of transparency and corruption, environmental degradation, displacement of communities and labour rights violations, which can outweigh the economic benefits. Focusing on Africa, Asia and Latin America, this conference explores how effective local governance strategies have been used in specific contexts to overcome such challenges and enable natural wealth to improve people’s lives.

Key questions to be addressed include:

-­‐ What policy measures can be used to strengthen the local governance of extractive industries?
-­‐ What can be done to reduce the risk of extractive industries causing enclave economies?
-­‐ What measures can be taken to minimize negative social and environmental impacts and promote inclusive and sustainable development?

The conference is organised by the Swiss Society of Americanists, in partnership with the journal International Development Policy the Executive Master in Development Policies and Practices (IHEID), and the Centro Estudios y Promocion del Desarollo – desco (Peru), with the support of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Further information:

Liliana Soler
Regional Academic Coordinator for Latin America
Executive Master in Development Policies and Practices (DPP)
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