- Multi-stakeholder partnerships, particularly those that combine commercially driven private sector operations with a more socially-grounded community-based approach, are seen as a key means for achieving the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, and are in high demand from the international donor community.
- Golden Star Resources (GSR), and its subsidiary company Golden Star Oil Palm Plantation (GSOPP) in Western Ghana is an award-winning partnership that creatively aligns with the local context in rural Ghana, creating income and revenue in the communities outside the mining value chain.
- Physical isolation is a defining factor for partnerships in the mining sector; in the absence of a strong local government or independent civil society involvement in corporate social responsibility (CSR), communities and companies develop strategies that work but may also strengthen existing power imbalances in the communities.
- Agencies that wish to invest in such multistakeholder partnerships should look beyond the ‘business-case’ of a partnership, and consider the interests and drivers of all stakeholders in these partnerships; independent facilitation of CSR can maximise the sustainability and value added of innovation in multistakeholder partnerships
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