Human RIghts IA and Extractive Industries - Session I, Presentation 6

HRIA: lessons from the field

"...looking for an omnibus, not a smorgasbord..."

" ticking prevails..."


HRIA methodology should:

  • Use objective, liable data - emotional and political issue
  • Be comprehensive - all rights
  • Be transparent - analysis must be transparent about why your findings are what they are
  • Listen to rights holders
  • Clearly rate positive and negative impacts - untangle and show them both, can work in tension with each other

What value does HRIA add?

Came to this as a sceptic


Example: Green Resources, forest action project in Tanzania

  • All public and internal documentation made it look excellent
  • Ask workers the working conditions were poor
  • Poor housing, sanitation and drinking water
  • Done by NGO company reacted negatively
  • Later company changed many aspects including pay.

Example: Paladin, uranium mine in Malawi

  • Public criticism but had undocumented positive impacts
  • HRIA helped improve processes further


Example: Dole

  • HRIA showed positive impacts
  • People laid off also had positive things to say.
  • But some local communities do face traffic and increase in local prices.



  • HRIA analyses things not picked up in other assessments.
  • Can benefits businesses



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