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AFD   GROUP

OUR STRATEGIC FOCUS AREAS

 

Our long term commitment for working to transform extractive industry opportunities into development and social progress have led us to identify seven strategic focus areas where AFD Group will place its efforts for consultancy, research, knowledge transfer and collaborative activities in general.

 

 

1. Development and social progress of host

    communities and societies.
 

2. Public policies and foreign investment in

    developing countries.

 

3. Vulnerable people, social risks, conflicts and

    negative externalities.

 

4. CSR, community development and

    stakeholders.

 

5. Corporate performance & strategies.

 

6. Cultural, first peoples and indigenous issues.

 

7. Artisanal & small-scale mining

 

 

We have the confidence that putting our efforts in these six strategic focus areas, AFD Group will be able to make a better contribution with respect to the social, economic, cultural, environmental issues and opportunities that emerge due to extractive activities of non-renewable natural resources.

 

Under each of these seven strategic focus areas AFD Group can offer a wide range of services, supports and a comprehensive view based on our: international experience; multicultural perspective; technical and practical knowledge; integrated and synergic work between senior and young professionals; and a passionate and honest approach.

 

 

 

7 Strategic Focus Areas

 

1. Development and social progress of host communities and societies.

 

Understanding how society and communities evolve and interact with extractive activities of non-renewable resources are key elements in the process of transforming the emerging opportunities into development and social progress. This is in direct relationship to people’s vision about the future, their own understanding of development and how they want to progress.

 

AFD Group can provide an in depth view to understand the direct impacts of extractive activities and how those direct impacts can affect the long term well-being of society.

 

2. Public policies and foreign investment in developing countries

 

Extractive industry based on foreign investment increasingly  face significant problems when carrying  out its activities and projects in developing countries. A key aspect of facng these difficulties is to start with a comprehensive understanding of local public policies and legal framework for foreign investment. This understanding has to be beyond the just ‘legal interpretation’ of the policies and legal frameworks.  

 

At AFD Group, we strive to do just that when we value an understanding and interpretation from the involved peoples’ and communities’ perspectives as well as the implication on a long-sighted all-round effect.

 

AFD Group considers that it is a necessary effort, in terms of analysis, to avoid potential misinterpretations, misunderstanding or under/ over-estimations of real final effect that local public policies and their legal framework for foreign investment can have on society.

 

To this effect, we delve deeper into carefully exploring and investigating detailed socio-economic and environmental impacts of foreign investments in parallel with an adequate analysis of relevant public policies. Our ‘placing the people at the centre of analysis’ approach takes us an extra mile into providing policy advice and recommendations in order to live up to the expectations and promises that come along with foreign investments.

 

3. Vulnerable people and social risks, conflicts and negative externalities.

 

Extractive industries have the capacity to generate important direct contribution to developing countries especially in terms economic flows. However, at the same time, these massive economic changes also can trigger a social scenario where vulnerable and excluded people with low levels of social capital can be significantly affected.

 

This is a core focus area for AFD Group where we will be working seriously to avoid negative externalities, social risks and conflicts that could affect vulnerable people.

 

 

4. CSR, community development and stakeholders

 

Corporate social responsibility, community development and the relationship between the companies and their stakeholders have dominated the ‘corporate agenda’ during the last 15-20 years, and the private sector and host societies have been working hard to improve sector’s performance and implement better operational standards.

 

Nevertheless, this is not enough to ensure a relationship of mutual benefits, and it is necessary to jump to another ‘CSR model’ by building a common vision about development and the future.

 

AFD Group will be working with companies and communities to generate this transformation.

 

5. Corporate performance & strategies.

 

Given the constant and various challenges companies face when carrying out their projects and operational activities, there is a need for an ongoing assessment and improvement in their corporate performance and strategies. In the past, these aspects were formulated and evaluated using traditional key performance indicators approach based on business objectives.

 

AFD Group believe that today this model is vastly inefficient considering it is not ensuring the necessary long term licence to operate.

 

AFD Group is working to drive the organizations to a different level of corporate maturity where the performance and strategies, are not just based on ‘shareholders objectives’, but in a deeper connection between the business and society.

 

6. Cultural, first peoples and indigenous issues.

 

First Peoples, indigenous communities and some communities with some special and traditional cultural characteristics require particular approaches and practices to understand their own: concerns; needs; aspirations; visions;  meaning of social progress and development; expectation in terms of benefits sharing and suitable engagement practices.

 

AFD Group aims to assist companies and communities to understand: how extractive development could affect (positively and negatively) traditional life style and what the challenges are that must be addressed.

 

At AFD Group, we value the heritage ownerships and developmental perspectives of indigenous communities and place considerable effort to incorporate this in our analytical approach.

 

 

7. Artisanal & small-scale mining.

 

Artisanal and small scale mining (ASM) can be considered as an important source of subsistence, income and livelihood for millions of people in developing countries. Unfortunately, this activity is generally conducted in poor, unsafe and sometimes illegal and violent working conditions that keep the people in a trap without real opportunities for better social conditions.

 

However, despite all the controversies, ASM will remain as the only way to live, work and survive for many people. For this reason, AFD Group has considered that it essential to include ASM as a strategic focus area.

The challenges of this sector are enormous and diverse: supporting small groups in remote communities (to improve safety techniques and basic working conditions); reduce child and forced labour; reduce inequitable distribution of benefits; or avoid illegal trade in minerals among others.

 

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