Investments in mining and other extractive industries have the potential to transform economies. We work to make sure that those investments are managed prudently to ensure that they translate into long-term sustainable development and minimize economic, social, and environmental harm.

CCSI provides resources and analysis aimed to help all stakeholders advance sustainable resource-based development strategies within respective countries, regions, and internationally.

Governance, Transparency & Legal Frameworks

CCSI works with governments and civil society organizations to provide advice on various issues relating to the regulatory regime for the extractive industries. Here you can find examples of the types of advising we have conducted, as well as the analysis that is publicly available.

CCSI examined the advantages and disadvantages of different mineral regimes (licensing regimes vs. contractual arrangements) in 18 countries around the world. For the 13 countries that used mining contracts, CCSI further examined the contract negotiation and implementation processes of 30 mining contracts as well as the relationship between those countries' mining contracts and their legal regimes. CCSI also identified potential opportunities for external experts to support resource rich, low income countries in contract negotiations. 


This study surveyed the trend toward countries integrating competitive bidding provisions for mineral rights allocation into their national legislation and regulations, and sought to analyze the potential issues around these provisions. 29 countries are included in the review. 


CCSI has published a brief which examines the use of built-in review periods in extractive industry contracts as a mechanism for managing investor and host-country relations over the duration of a project. CCSI completed a survey of periodic review mechanisms contained in extractive industry contracts, to analyze how they have been used to date, and to understand the purposes for which they may usefully be applied.


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 contract transparency a standardized and meaningful norm that leads to better accountability within the extractive industries, as well as around investments in land, agriculture, and forestry.


With the support of Oxfam, CCSI reviewed select provisions in the Mines and Minerals Act 2009 and corresponding policy statements from the Minerals Policy 2018 to provide recommendations for how to best align the anticipated new mining law with international best practice.

CCSI advises governments and civil society organizations on various issues relating to the legal frameworks that govern extractive industries.

International investment law has evolved rapidly into a complex web of over 3,000 investment treaties that are used to challenge a wide range of host state actions and inactions. These challenges expose host states to potentially significant financial costs, and can restrict the ability of such states to maximize the benefits--and limit the environmental and social harms--that can result from the exploitation of natural resources. This briefing note provides an introduction to international investment law, with a view to assisting stakeholders in grasping the diverse and significant implications of this body of law for the governance of investments in the extractive industries sector.

CCSI conducted a study that maps a selection of the major initiatives designed to promote good governance of the extractives sector for GIZ. The mapping describes the scope and use of each initiative and highlights areas where initiatives overlap in their approach and focus. The mapping provides recommendations on the applicability of different subsets of frameworks and initiatives to different tasks and circumstances. A summary table produced for the study can be accessed here.

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A searchable and user-friendly database of publicly available oil, gas, and mining contracts from around the world, searchable by country, natural resource, or type of contract

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A collection of publicly available agreements between local communities and investors, and occasionally host government parties, in the context of resource projects

This book, drafted over a five-day booksprint with 14 experts from Africa, Asia, North America, South America, and Europe, helps policy makers, civil society, citizens, and the media understand the often complex and opaque terms of mining contracts.

Environmental Management

CCSI worked with the Columbia Water Center to develop and benchmark a modeling platform for quantitatively assessing the environmental risks associated with gold and copper mining projects and their resulting financial implications. CCSI reviewed the legal and regulatory frameworks governing the use and discharge of water by the copper and gold mining sectors, and published a study on whether and how water-related issues in the mining sector drive social conflict. CCSI also organized an event for institutional investors to discuss water-related risks from an investor perspective, and developed a framework for shared-use of water and water infrastructure in the mining sector.

Associated petroleum gas (APG) is often flared or vented, causing health and environmental challenges and wasting a valuable non-renewable resource. CCSI proposed a policy framework for APG that provides guidance for regulators, policymakers, and industry leaders seeking to develop practical approaches to unlock its economic value. The framework aims to contribute to the World Bank’s Zero Routine Flaring by 2030.

As part of a two-year research project co-sponsored by the Earth Frontiers Seed Grant of Columbia’s Earth Institute and the UN Development Programme in Guinea, CCSI is conducting a legal review of the current environmental and political framework for regulating the mining industry in Guinea. This review supports the work of partners at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Columbia’s Earth Institute, who are developing a mobile application that could allow community members in affected areas to locate, record, and track instances of red dust generated by the extraction and transportation of bauxite. 

Economic Diversification & Development

Long-Term Development Planning

Alongside the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), CCSI conducted a world-wide survey of Natural Resource Funds, considering their management, investments, transparency, and accountability to the public, as well as the fiscal rules that govern them. This project seeks to foster cross-country experience-sharing on fund governance.

CCSI is supporting the local governments in Huasco Province, Chile, to develop a roadmap for a long-term development strategy that will take into account the large-scale mining investment by Nueva Union, a joint venture of Teck and Goldcorp. The copper-gold mining project is expected to make up 60% of the gross domestic product (GDP) of the Province during operations and will alter the socio-economic dynamics in the Province.

CCSI supported the drafting and adoption of the 20 year Strategic Development Plan for Timor-Leste, and helped to develop new institutions and laws to optimize the use of the country's petroleum fund for development.

In partnership with the World Economic Forum, CCSI curated the Transformation Map of the Mining and Metals sector; it maps out the seven drivers that are already and will continue transforming the mining and metals sector.

CCSI created and manages the Negotiation Support Portal to improve the accessibility of tools, resources and technical assistance to support host governments' planning, preparing for, negotiating, monitoring, and implementing large-scale resource and infrastructure investments. The portal also facilitates coordination among support providers and host governments. In addition, 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.

CCSI has launched an interview series on company personalities looking in particular at how a company’s personality determines its negotiation strategy, the contractual provisions it pushes for, and the overall relationship between the company and the host governments. The interviewees are senior experts who have many decades of experience in advising governments in resource rich countries.

This 2011 project examined how the vast resource deposits in the Tete province, combined with other major investments along the Nacala and Beira corridors, can be the basis for sustainable, equitable and inclusive growth in the Lower Zambezi Basin.

In partnership with the Uongozi Institute, CCSI prepared a brief that reviews recent developments in the international gas market, with particular focus on proposed offshore gas projects in Tanzania. As Tanzania positions itself to benefit from gas discoveries by increasing its domestic gas use, the brief outlines some of the trade-offs and considerations for negotiating the domestic gas allocation.

CCSI was contracted to write the extractive industries section of the World Bank Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) for Tanzania. The study identifies the internal and external trade constraints that hinder the development of the priority sectors, and provides policy recommendations on how these obstacles can be overcome.

CCSI is a knowledge partner to the New Petroleum Producers Discussion Group project, co-organized and sponsored by Chatham House, NRGI, the Africa Governance Initiative and the Commonwealth Secretariat. This project aims to help emerging oil and gas producers to think critically about the various policy options available during the first steps of exploration and development, or when restructuring their petroleum sector. This project devises policy options which are most effective within a context of low institutional and sector capacity. For more information, click here.

Infrastructure & Linkages

GIZ has been working with CCSI to develop research and training materials around economic linkages to the resource sector.

To be beneficial for a country’s development, non-renewable resource extraction should be leveraged to build long-term assets—such as transportation, power, water, and communications infrastructure—that will support sustainable and inclusive growth. Countries can leverage extractive industry–related investment to fill their infrastructure-funding gap. Read more.


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.

CCSI prepared a report on measuring employment from extractive industry investments that outlines two modeling techniques used to estimate employment multipliers: 1) The input-output (IO) model, and 2) The computable general equilibrium (CGE) model. The handbook explains the advantages, disadvantages, necessary inputs, and results associated with each model.

CCSI has examined local content provisions contained in legal frameworks governing resource investments, including in contracts, legislation and bidding practices.

CCSI, IISD and Engineers Without Borders researched the technological innovations in mining that are being developed, assessing when these technologies could be rolled out, and quantifying their impact on local employment and procurement and how local content policies should adapt.

This research looks at the economic prerequisites that attract first degree downstream beneficiation industries, such as steel mills, and the extent to which these industries have contributed to further domestic linkages in the past, and assesses whether it makes sense to provide large incentives for these investments.

This research project assesses the channels through which knowledge and technology can be transferred and, based on successful country case studies, provides recommendations on how governments can enhance technological spillovers in oil, gas, and mining.

Fair and Competitive Fiscal Frameworks

Monitoring fiscal reforms in extractive industries is an ongoing part of CCSI's research. CCSI is researching aspects of designing and implementing fiscal regimes in an attempt to identify legal and fiscal elements that can help avoid unintended consequences or disputes between an investor and the government over the course of the investment.

Alongside growing revenue and contract transparency, increasing fiscal model transparency is needed. Only with financial model transparency can relevant actors better assess whether contracts are balanced in terms of fiscal returns and understand when revenues start flowing to the government. CCSI strongly supports financial model transparency and has developed two open fiscal models. We are currently welcoming feedback on their usefulness, user-friendliness, and on any observed inaccuracies.

The allocation of the rights to tax business profits of non-resident entities’ operations depends on whether these operations can constitute a “Permanent Establishment” (PE) according to the definition included in each DTA. CCSI's research and brief looks at this issue in the context of extractives and provides a sample clause that optimizes the PE definition for resource rich countries.

Building on the momentum created by the Platform for Collaboration on Tax’s draft paper regarding taxing indirect transfers of source country assets, CCSI and the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) wrote a paper providing practical guidance to developing country governments on the taxation of indirect transfers of extractive industries’ assets. Indirect transfers occur when—instead of selling the asset—the shares of the domestic subsidiary, the shares of the foreign company with a branch in the country, or the shares of the holding company are sold.

CCSI advises governments and civil society organizations on various issues relating to fiscal frameworks for the extractive industries sector.

CCSI strongly supports the transparency of contracts and tax flows and has published research and papers making the business case for transparency, including two submissions to the SEC in 2011 and 2015.

Non-Fiscal Impacts

Extractive industry investments are oftentimes divisive. Those that support a project, will likely emphasize the benefits resulting from tax revenues and employment. Those that oppose the project, will often highlight the adverse impacts on the environment and impacted communities. To date, this debate can be informed by several tools. On the benefit side, stakeholders can... read more