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

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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