CDA Library

SDSG is establishing a public library of materials related to Community Development Agreements (CDA) between resource companies and local communities. Some of these may also involve government at the national or local levels.

This is an area of considerable current interest, and the goal of this library project is to allow sharing of experience and actual models from different countries and regions.

Please Contribute Materials

We invite readers to contribute materials to this library, which they may do by contacting Marketa Zubkova at

What Is In This Library

This library includes materials about Community Development Agreements, which are also called by different names, such as IBAs, or “Impact Benefit Agreements.”Some of these materials also include discussions of how CDAs are negotiated, or which discuss overcoming the difference in capacity of the various parties to negotiation.

In addition, we aim to include as many copies as possible of actual agreements that have been negotiated in different communities, in any language.

CDA Library Index




Social Policy Guidelines for Mining Sector in Afghanistan. 

Ministry of Mines. Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

(file:Social Policy Guidelines Afghanistan)



Utilizing Mining and Mineral Resources to Foster the Sustainable Development of the Lao PDR

 ICMM, Mining: Partnerships for Development, April 2011

(Link to


Australia has developed a framework for CDAs under the Native Title Act, and there is at least one agreement in the public domain.

Why Agreements Matter

Rio Tinto, March 2016

(File Rio Tinto Why Agreements Mattter )

Agreement-making with Indigenous Groups: Oil & Gas Development

Center for Social Responsibility in Mining, Australia, 2012

(Link to

Argyle Diamond Mine Participation Agreement: Management Plan Agreement

Southwest of Kununurra, Western Australia, Australia, January 1, 2004

(Link to

Diavik Diamonds Project Socio-Economic Monitoring Agreement 

Northwest Territories, Canada, October 2, 1999 (Link to

Agreements between Mining Companies and Indigenous Communities: A Report to the Australian Minerals and Energy Environment Foundation”

Indigenous Support Services, December, 2001


Guidelines for best practice, flexible and sustainable agreement making

Joint Working Group on Indigenous Land Settlements, August 2009


Memorandum of Understanding between Argyle Diamonds Mines Pty Limited and the Kimberly Land Council Aboriginal Corporation 2001
(file: ArgyleKLC.MoU)

Memorandum of Understanding between Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations and Murray-Darling Basin Commission

 Murray and Lower Darling River valleys below the Menindee Lakes Storage, Australia, March 23, 2006

(Link to

Memorandum of Understanding between Rio Tinto Exploration Pty Ltd and the Northern Land Council 

Northern Territory, Australia, December 1, 2001

(Link to

Native Title payments working group report

Native Title payments working group report


National Native Title Tribunal- Mining Agreements: Content Ideas 

National Native Title Tribunal, Australia, Quinn, R., 2005

(file: National Native Title Tribunal- Mining Agreements Content Ideas)

The Native Title Act (Amended 1998), Subdivison C- Indigenous Land Use Agreements

(file: Australia-NativeTitleAct1993-Amended)

Negotiating Major Project Agreements: The ‘Cape York Model’

Ciaran O’Fairchaellaigh AIATSIS Research Discussion Paper 11, 2000


Dendrobium Coal Mine Development Consent Agreement

(Not a CDA, as the agreement is between BHP Billiton and the Australian government, but many elements of agreement reflect CDA elements: environment, community consultation requirements, grievance procedures, etc.)

(Link to


There has been considerable experience in Canada, particularly among First Nations, with development of Impact Benefit Agreements.

Aboriginal Agreements Map: Agreements Between Mining Companies and Aboriginal Communities or Governments

Natural Resources Canada

(Link to

Aboriginal Mining Guide: How to Negotiate Lasting Benefits for Your Community
Canadian Centre for Community Renewal, 2009
(file: AboriginalMiningGuide)

 Benefit Sharing Agreements in British Columbia: A Guide for First Nations, Businesses, and Governments
Woodward & Company, Coast Sustainability Trust and the EBM Working Group, 2009
(file: Woodward’s Benefit Agreement Overview)

De Beers Canada and Attawapiskat Impact Benefit Agreement

(file: Outline-DeBeersAttawapiskatIBA)

Entente Naskapis & Quebec CDA
(file: Entente Naskapies & Quebec_FR)

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP Sample IBA
(file: DM_Van-#7905722-v1-Sample_IBA)

IBA Community Development Toolkit: Negotiation and Implementation of Impact and Benefit Agreements
Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation, Gibson, G., and O’Faircheallaigh, C., 2010

(Link to

List of known IBAs

IBA Research Networks

(Link to

Partnership Agreement on Economic and Community Development between Naskapis and Quebec
(file: CDA Naskapis & Quebec_EN)

Partnership Agreement on Economic and Community Development in Nunavik between the Makivik Corporation and the Kativik Regional Government


Raglan Agreement CDA
(file: Raglan Agreement CDA)


Community Development Toolkit

International Council on Mining & Metals, 2012


Community Engagement of Corporations and Social Movements: Towards New Models for Participatory Deliberative Spaces

Isabelle Anguelovski

(file: Anguelovski)

Community Grievance Mechanisms and Australian Mining Companies Offshore: An Industry Discussion Paper

Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining Sustainable Minerals Institute The University of Queensland, Australia, October 2008

(Link to  

Human Rights in the Mining & Metals Industry: Handling and Resolving Local Level Concerns & Grievances

ICMM, October 2009


Mining Industry Perspectives on Handling Community Grievances: Summary and Analysis of Industry Interviews

Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), The University of Queensland, Australia & Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School, April 2009

(Link to


These are general academic and legal materials that relate directly to Community Development Agreements.

Agreements, Treaties, and Negotiated Settlements Project

(Link to

Community Development and Local Conflict: A Resource Document for Practitioners in the Extractive Sector
CommDev, Environmental Resources Management, 2008

(file: Community Development and Local Conflict)

 Indigenous and Local Peoples and Resource Development: International Comparisons of Law, Policy and Practice
Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, Vol 26 No. 1, 2008


Indigenous Peoples and Mining
ICMM Good Practice Guide, International Council on Mining and Metals, 2010


The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development 1992, Agenda 21, Section III, Strengthening the Role of Major Groups
(file: Rio Principles_Agenda 21_Public Participation)

Déclaration de Rio sur l’environnement et le développement 1992 , Action 21, Section III. Renforcement du Role des Principaus Groupes
(file: Declaration de Rio_Action 21_Participation du Public)

Good Practice Note on Community Development Agreements

Center for Social Responsibility in Mining, 2011

(file: CSRM Good practice notes on cdas)


These studies address the need for CDAs to address gender disparity issues created by mining agreements and extractive industries.

Indigenous Women and Mining Agreement Negotiations: Australia and Canada

 Gendering the Field: Towards Sustainable Livelihoods for Mining Communities, Australian National University E. Press, O’Faircheallaigh, C., 2011

(Link to

Mainstreaming Gender into Extractive Industries Projects

Extractive Industries and Development Series #9, August 2009, The World Bank, Adriana Eftimie, Katherine Heller & John Strongman

(file: Mainstreaming Gender into Extractive Industries Project)

Mining and Local Level Development

Examining the Gender Dimensions of Agreements between between companies and communities, Keenan, J.C. and D.L. Kemp, Center for Social Responsibility in Mining, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 2014

(file: Mining and Local Level Development)


One feature of some community development agreements is establishment of community foundations. These may also be seen as an alternative to community development agreements. There are many questions about how such foundations are established, their purposes, and their structure.

National Standards for U.S Community Foundations

(file: Standards for US Community Foundations)

Why National Standards. Understanding the value of community foundation on compliance

(file: Why National Standards)

CORDAID Meeting of Experts 

CORDAID organized a meeting of experts to discuss community development agreements in Amsterdam on June 10, 2011.

Community Development Agreements & Mining: An Industry Perspective International Council on Mining & Metals,  Aidan Davy, 2011 Cordaid Expert Meeting on Community Development Agreements

(file: presentation MCDA Aidan Davy)

 Community Perspectives in Mining,  Revenue Watch Institute, Chandra Kirana, 2011 Cordaid Expert Meeting on Community Development Agreements

(file: RWI – Chandra – MCDA Presentation for CORDAID MCDA Meeting)

Cordaid Expert Meeting-Mining Community Development Agreements
Problems and Issues to Overcome, 06/10/2011
(file: 11_06_09 FINAL Amsterdam Presentation – Cordaid)

Mining Communities & Community Development Agreements-Some Perspectives Ghana Minerals Commission,  Ben Aryee, 2011 Cordaid Expert Meeting on Community Development Agreements

(file: presentation MCDA Ben Aryee)


 One of the questions pertaining to CDAs is what the rationale is for sharing revenues at the local level. After all, don’t the minerals generally belong to the national government? What share is appropriate for local interests, and on what reasoning? These studies address that question.

Mining Foundations, Trusts and Funds: A Sourcebook

The World Bank, June 2010

(file: WB Sourcebook Full_Report)

Sharing Mining Benefits in Developing Countries: The Experience with Foundations, Trusts, and Funds

The World Bank, Extractive Industries for Development Series #21, June 2011, Elizabeth Wall & Remi Pelon

(file: WB Sharing Mining Benefits in Developing Countries


Ghana has developed a set of guidelines for CDAs, and there is at least one agreement in the public domain.

Agreement between Newmont Ahafo Development Foundation and Newmont Ghana Gold Limited 2008
(file: Newmont Ahafo Development Agreement)

Ahafo Social Responsibility Agreement between the Ahafo Mine Local Community and Newmont Ghana Gold 2008
(file: Ahafo Social Responsibility Agreement)

Agreement between Newmont Ghana Limited and Ahafo Mine Local Community on Local Employment 2008

(file: Ahafo Local Employment Agreement)

Development of Corporate Social Responsibility Guidelines for Mining Companies in Mining Communities
Minerals Commission of Ghana, SRC Consulting Limited, 2010

(file: Guidelines for CSR_FINALL REPORT_SRC.MinnComm)

Ghana Minerals and Mining Act 2006, Section 73(1) and Section 73(3)
(file: Ghana Minerals Act 2006)


Code Minier de la République de Guinée, Conakry 9 Septembre 2011

(Link to

Mining & Communities: Supporting human rights-based development in the context of industrial mining in Guinea, October 2016

(Link to




Liberia has developed a framework for CDAs, and there is at least one agreement in the public domain.

Liberia Minerals and Mining Act 2006, Section 49(1)
(file: Liberia Mineral Law 2006)

Mineral Development Agreement Between the Government of Liberia, China Union (HONG KONG) Mining Co. Ltd and China-Union Investment (Liberia) Bong Mines Co. Ltd.

(file: china_union_gol_mineral_agreement)

Government of Liberia-Mineral Development Agreement Template

(file: liberiadevelopmentagreementtemplate)


The Mining Minerals and Sustainable Development Project, in its 2002 report, identified a need for what it called “Community Sustainable Development Agreements.”

Indigenous Peoples, Mining, and International Law
MMSD, IIED, Orellana, M., 2002

(file: MMSD International Law & Indigenous Peoples)

MMSD Breaking New Ground: Final Report –Local Communities and Mines
Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development (MMSD) Project Earthscan Publications for IIED and WBCSD, 2002

(file: MMSD Final Report_Local Communities & Mines)

MMSD Working Paper No. 4 Information Availability: A Key to Building Trust in the Minerals Sector (Review of Systems for Making Information Available)
Model Mining Sustainability Project, International Institute for Environmental Development, Dr. Sándor Fülöp and Csaba Kiss, 2001

(file: MMSD Working Paper_Information Availability)

The Law of Public Participation in Mining and Resources Development
MMSD, IIED, Pring, R., 2001

(file: The_Law_of_Public_Participation_in_Mining)

The Report of the Regional MMSD Process: Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development in southern Africa
The Report of the Regional MMSD Process, Vol. 1, IIED, 2002

(file: IIED_MMSD_South Africa Report)


The International Bar Association’s Model Mining Development Agreement is not a community level agreement, but an agreement between a mining company and a national government. One of the key issues with the MMDA is how such a national level agreement links with a community level agreement; some of the issues are shown by these clauses from the MMDA.

Model Mining Development Agreement – April 4, 2011
Model Mining Development Agreement (MMDA), Mining Law Committee of the International Bar Association, 2011
(file: MMDA project)

Model Mining Development Agreement: Local Community Development
Model Mining Development Agreement (MMDA), Mining Law Committee of the International Bar Association, 2010
(file: MMDA CDAs)


Cooperation Agreement Between Khovd aimag and MoEnCo LLC

(file: Cooperation Agreement Khovd aimag and MoEnCo)

Cooperation Agreement between OT and the local communities

(file:OT Cooperation Agreement)

Resource Contracts Mongolia (file:



The materials listed below do not directly address CDA issues, however they are relevant to CDA research.

The Aarhus Convention: An Implementation Guide
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, 2000

(file: Aarhus Convention_EN)

Convention D’Aarhus : Guide D’application
Nations Unies Commission Economique Pour L’Europe, 2000

(file: Convention Daarhus_Guide dApplication)

Land deals in Africa: What is in the contracts?
IIED, Cotula, L., 2011



The new Sierra Leone Mines and Minerals Act of 2009 requires companies to negotiate a CDA with the affected community.

Sierra Leone Mines and Minerals Act 2009, Part XVI-Community Development
(file: Sierra Leone Mines & Minerals Act 2009)


Mining Act of South Sudan, 2012

(Link to


Stillwater Mine’s Good Neighbor Agreement

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The International Finance Corporation and other organizations in the World Bank Group have sponsored considerable work in this area.

Community Development Agreement Model Regulations and Example Guidelines
World Bank Group, James Otto, 2010

(file: World Bank Draft CDA)

Community Development Toolkit
International Council on Mining & Metals, World Bank, ESMAP, 2005

(file: ICMM Community Development Toolkit)

Mining Community Development Agreements: Source Book

The World Bank, March 2012

(file: Mining Community Development Agreements)

Mining Community Development Agreements: Practical Experiences and Field Studies
The World Bank, Environmental Resources Management, 2010

(file: CDA Report Final)

Large Mines and Local Communities: Forging Partnerships, Building Sustainability

The World Bank and International Finance Corporation, 2002

(file:Large mines local communities)

Large Mines and the Community: Socioeconomic and Environmental Effects in Latin America, Canada, and Spain 

The World Bank & International Development Research Center, Edited by Gary McMahon and Felix Remy, 2001

(Link to