Parallel Session 8 | Connect | 13 June 2018, 15.30h - 17.00h | Room 1.02

Mining for Peace and Development?!


Extractive resources all over the world have given rise to violent conflict time and again. Numerous initiatives in the development, human rights, and peace building fields have tried to curb the risks for violent conflicts around resources and to ensure peaceful economic development. We will look at the example from Bougainville and an additional statement from the Philippines and explore the potential for peaceful economic development – and risk for violent conflict.

The discussion will consider human rights as well as peace building instruments to ensure peaceful development. Questions will include:  may a human rights based approach to mining be of help in a situation where big companies dictate conditions of extraction and further use? What about questions of access to jobs created by the companies: are they open to the local population? Are other opportunities created for locals? Are new ways of marginalization created? What about local socio-political dynamics- and what about questions of conflict sensitivity in all this?


Starting from the example of Bougainville with two shorts inputs from a local partner and a research organization arguments will be developed further by statements from a colleague from the Philippines and two colleagues from a FriEnt member organization. Particular aspects to be highlighted in their importance for peaceful economic development, more particularly but not exclusively in the mining sector, will be a law and human rights based and a peace building approach. The debate with participants will bring in experience from other countries and highlight further conditions for peaceful economic development.


  • Marcelline Kokiai,  Bougainville House of Representatives in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea
  • Raissa Jajurie, Bangsamoro Transition Commission, Mindanao/Philippines
  • Viola Boelscher, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (GIZ), Germany
  • Volker Boege, Toda Peace Institute, Tokyo, Japan and Peace / Conflict Studies Institute Australia (PaCSIA)
  • Mark Mattner, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (GIZ), Germany


  • Caroline Kruckow, Working Group on Peace and Development/ Bread for the World (FriEnt)
  • Sylvia Servaes,  Working Group on Peace and Development/ MISEREOR (FriEnt)


  • Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (GIZ)
  • Working Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt)