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Raw materials

Workers in a mine in Rwanda.

Background: Raw materials – an opportunity for sustainable economic development

Mineral and energy resources are of key importance world­wide, especially to industrialised coun­tries like Germany. And for many de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, these raw materials pro­vide a major source of income. The raw materials sec­tor offers them op­por­tu­ni­ties for social, political and economic de­vel­op­ment. Yet where there is poor governance, resource wealth can also become the cause of cor­rup­tion, environmental pollution or social conflict. more


German development cooperation in the raw materials sector

The raw materials sector can play a major role in reducing pov­er­ty and achiev­ing sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. But this can only happen if the necessary political, eco­nom­ic and social frame­works are sup­port­ed and stabilised in the partner coun­tries. Good gov­er­nance, an ap­pro­priate legal frame­work and trans­pa­rent and competent ad­min­is­tra­tion are there­fore key elements on which German devel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion is focused. more


The Extractives and Development sector programme

The Extractives and Development sector programme supports government institutions in developing countries to establish their extractive sector to benefit sustainable development in the countries on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). more


International initiatives

Germany supports in­ter­na­tional initiatives in the raw ma­te­ri­als sec­tor and pro­motes the crea­tion of regulatory mech­a­nisms that apply world­wide. In this way, the German gov­ern­ment is helping to de­vel­op and im­ple­ment uni­ver­sal­ly rec­og­nised prin­ciples and sus­tain­ability stan­dards across the whole ex­trac­tive sec­tor. More­over, Germany's co­op­er­a­tion with partners such as the European Union and the United Nations constitutes an im­por­tant com­po­nent in the drive to es­tab­lish greater trans­par­en­cy, ac­count­ability and good gover­nance in the oil, gas and mining sectors. more


Further information

Here is a selection of links to documents and web­sites of­fer­ing further in­for­ma­tion on the issues surrounding raw materials. more


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