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Devonshire Initiative
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The objective of the Devonshire Initiative (DI) is improved social and community development outcomes wherever Canadian mining companies operate overseas.

Value Chain Focus
  • Sustainable Development
    Have a mix of stakeholders such as public, private and civil society sectors contributed to the design of the initiative?
    Geographical Focus
    • National
    In-country work
    Who is it for?
    industrial extractives companies, host country national governments, international governments, local civil society, communities
    How does the initiative try to reach its objective?

    The DI believes that collaboration is the preferred avenue by which to reach this objective. The DI works to develop a constructive space in which stakeholders can discuss complex problems facing mining and development, identify common opportunities, and develop innovative on-the-ground collaboration.

    The DI sees industry/NGO collaboration and strong linkages with both Canadian and local governments as a means to an end. The DI provides four specific areas of value addition to its members and stakeholders:

    - Enhancing in-country capacity to allow communities, regions and countries to more visibly realize the benefits of Canadian mining investments;
    - Opening dialogue that creates a better understanding of, and that deepens engagement on, social and community development components of CSR work being done by Canadian mining companies operating in developing countries;
    - Enhancing cross-sector Canadian engagement with, and understanding of community development issues; and
    - Sharing innovations and best practices within the mining and development community.