Due to the population growth, emerging economies and technological innovation, the global demand for minerals and fossil fuels (oil, gas and coal) is rapidly increasing. The extraction of natural resources has grown quickly in many developing countries. Particularly for those nations, this abundance of minerals and energy resources might provide a crucial contribution towards poverty reduction.
However, most of the resource-rich countries in Africa, Asia or Latin America are still among the poorest in the world. The revenues from the oil, gas and mining sector only benefit a minority. Apart from that, the extraction of natural resources is frequently linked to severe human rights abuses, violent conflicts and ecological disasters. Consequently, the activities of mining and oil companies often deeply affect life and livelihood of communities.
FAKT offers services to empower civil society stakeholders (NGOs, grassroots organisations, media, employers, trade unions) and communities facing negative impacts of resource extraction. It is our goal to support the establishment of conditions that promote human rights, improve transparency and contribute to poverty reduction at the local and national level.
We provide consultancy services and training in the following areas:
- Advocacy and campaigning
- Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and community relations
- Participation in decision making processes
- Multi-stakeholder processes
- Grievance mechanisms
- Transparency and accountability initiatives
- Participatory mapping
Furthermore, FAKT also provides consultancy services in the artisanal and small-scale mining sector (ASM). We can offer baseline studies, evaluations, information and awareness raising campaigns.