Land/Extractives Nexus

In response to the challenges associated with ensuring successful and inclusive benefits from such large-scale investments, an increasing number of initiatives have sought to improve the governance of such resource-based investments. Yet, despite some perceived commonalities between the land and extractive sectors, the applied research, policy efforts, and good governance initiatives in respect of extractive industry investments and land-based (forestry or agriculture) investments are often distinct and sector-specific, with few attempts to compare the impacts of investments in both areas, to examine how lessons learned from one sector could be applied to the other, or to develop cross-cutting tools that can help support better outcomes from both types of investments.

CCSI’s expertise in extractive industry investments and land and agriculture investments places the Center at the forefront of efforts to further cross-learning at the nexus of extractives and land. CCSI also works to develop tools and resources that support more sustainable investment in both areas.

+ Coordinating Multi-Stakeholder and Expert Dialogue

  • Negotiation Support to Resource Rich, Low-and Middle Income Countries
    CCSI has launched a series of meetings of negotiation support providers to create a forum to discuss common challenges and opportunities and to facilitate greater coordination among support providers. The overall objective of these meetings is to improve the availability, accessibility and quality of technical assistance and trainings for host governments at all stages of preparing for, negotiating and implementing large-scale deals.
  • Comparing Lessons Learned for Extractive Industry Investments and Large Land-Based Agricultural Investments
    CCSI has brought together stakeholders to explore good governance initiatives for extractive industry investments and large land-based agricultural investments -- in particular, whether, and if so, why, certain good governance efforts may be more advanced in one sector than in the other, and what could be done to further advance governance initiatives in both sectors.
  • Columbia International Investment Conference
    Since 2006, CCSI has hosted an annual Columbia International Investment Conference. These annual conferences bring together numerous stakeholders including high-level government officials, corporate executives, investors, academics, and civil society for forward-looking policy discussions of critical issues in international investment for sustainable development. A list of the past Conferences, with links to the programs and materials,... read more
  • Colloquiums on Policy, Law, Contracts and Sustainable Investments
    CCSI has partnered with the Institute for Human Rights and Business to co-convene two colloquiums on Policy, Law, Contracts, and Sustainable Investments. Both events, which were held in New York and in London, focused on mapping out efforts to embed sustainability and human rights in extractives and large-scale agricultural/land deals, with a particular focus on what is... read more
  • Ad-hoc events
    CCSI regularly hosts speakers, roundtables, workshops, and events on a variety of related topics.

+ Policy and Advisory

+ Research

  • Enabling Resource Contract Transparency
    Contract transparency in natural resources is an emerging norm that many governments, companies and international institutions have endorsed, particularly within the extractive industries. However, more must be done to make it a standardized and meaningful norm that leads to better accountability within the extractive industries as well as around investments in land, agriculture, and forestry.... read more
  • Employment from Mining and Investments in Land for Agriculture
    The employment potential of investments in extractive industry projects and land acquisitions for agriculture is often touted both by governments and by companies in support of investor-friendly policies and large-scale investments in natural resources. CCSI is examining how job numbers are calculated, which factors influence job creation, and the quality and sustainability of these jobs, as well as whether job creation generated from these investments is net positive.
  • Developing a Collaborative Approach to Human Rights Impact Assessments
    CCSI, the Sciences Po Law School Clinic, and the Danish Institute for Human Rights have developed a collaborative approach to human rights impact assessments (HRIAs) of private sector investment projects. HRIAs have become increasingly prominent in recent years, particularly as companies focus on conducting human rights due diligence and communities seek to better understand the... read more
  • Infrastructure Development and Large-Scale Natural Resource Investments
    Infrastructure linked to large-scale natural resource investments is often cited as a primary benefit of such investments, including for both extractive industry and land-based agriculture projects. The most common methods of linking infrastructure development to investments differ, however, based on the underlying sector. CCSI has undertaken a significant amount of research on leveraging extractive industry... read more

+ Resources and Tools

  • Making Resource Contracts Publicly Accessible
    CCSI, together with the World Bank and the Natural Resource Governance Institute, has developed, an online, searchable and user-friendly database of publicly available resource contracts from around the world. In October 2015, the database was expanded to include publicly available land contracts, which are accessible through
  • Support for Host Country Governments in the Planning, Preparation for, Negotiation, Implementation, and Monitoring of Large-Scale Investments
    CCSI created a Negotiation Support Portal designed to improve the accessibility of technical assistance and of useful tools and resources to assist host governments planning, preparing for, negotiating, monitoring, and implementing large-scale investments in the extractive industries, land and agriculture, and infrastructure sectors, and to facilitate coordination among support providers and host governments.

+ Teaching and Curriculum Development

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