Americas Quarterly Launches New Report on Natural Resource Extraction


February 21, 2014


On February 20, Americas Quarterly published a new report in Spanish, concluding a year-long research project funded by the Ford Foundation on natural resource extraction and social development in Chile, Colombia, and Peru.

The report builds on the findings of local researchers working in each country—Enrique Calfucura (Chile), Astrid Martínez Ortiz (Colombia),  Cynthia Sanborn, and Juan Luís Dammert B. (Peru)—whose individual country reports were published by AQ in July 2013. The new report, entitled Las mejores (y peores) prácticas para la extracción de recursos naturales en América Latina: Tres países, 12 casos de estudio, is a special compilation and analysis of the three country studies—each examining  four local natural resource extraction investments—for a total of 12 case studies.

The goal of the research was to understand under what conditions investment in natural resource extraction contributed to broader community and national development. For the purposes of the study, the research defined “conditions” to include: the legal and regulatory framework that governs natural resource investments; the transparency and predictability of the legal and regulatory framework; the system in which public revenue is collected—through taxes and royalty payments—and distributed to national and subnational governments; the quality, efficacy, and honesty of local and regional governments; the community context and relations with the state and investors; and the labor and environmental practices of the investing companies.

To explore Americas Quarterly’s four reports on natural resource extraction, click here.

Click here to read the new synthesis report, published in February 2014.

Read the individual country studies from Chile, Colombia, and Peru.




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