Research meets Practice: Human rights in the resource sector

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30.01.2017 | GIZ Bonn

The West African countries, particularly Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire, have abundant mineral wealth and natural resources, and yet they are some of the poorest countries in the world. For these countries, resource wealth is more of a curse than a blessing. Resource extraction destabilises the region and does nothing to support their sustainable development. On the contrary, governance in these countries is weak, corruption is rife and the social and environmental costs of resource extraction are increasingly fuelling popular discontent and conflicts.

Resource extraction is often accompanied by major human rights abuses. And yet this sector has great potential to improve living conditions and contribute to the realisation of human rights in producer countries. Human rights in the extractive industry are therefore an increasing focus of stakeholder debate. For the countries concerned, however, it is often difficult to assess the risks to human rights and to develop and implement strategies and solutions.

The next event in the Research meets Practice series will look at human rights challenges in the extractive industry and explore potential solutions that support good resource governance and human rights. One of the key questions arising for German development cooperation in this context is how best to implement the human rights-based approach to which the German Government has been committed since 2011.


Professor Dr Dr h.c. Rüdiger Wolfrum, former Director, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, and

Mathis Hemberger, Component Manager Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea.

Chair: Dr Minu Hemmati.

The event will take place on 30 January 2017 at 4 pm. Please join us afterwards for an informal get-together and networking over drinks and light refreshments.


GIZ Bonn
Saal Donau (BM 10027/29)
Friedrich Ebert Allee 36
35113 Bonn

Monday, 30 January, 16:00 till 18:00


Christiane Tomaschewski
Phone: +49 (0)228 4460-3329

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