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Investment contracts and sustainable development: How to make contracts fairer and more sustainable natural resource investments

By: Lorenzo Cotula

This guide by the International Institute for Environment and Development discusses options to structure investment contracts in ways that maximize the investment’s contribution to sustainable development. The focus is on foreign investment in the natural resource sector and on lower- and middleincome countries. The guide draws on test trainings in Ghana and Central Asia and aims to provide up-to-date and comprehensive learning material for both host governments and civil society. It can be used as a background document for training sessions, but it may also be used by readers accessing the material on their own.

The guide also provides an overview of relevant legal frameworks, highlighting how investment contracts can only be properly understood if read in conjunction with a wider range of applicable legal instruments, and briefly discusses the contracting process – namely, the negotiation and management of investment contract. Finally, the guide provides background material for a role-play to apply the concepts discussed in the more theoretical sections.

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Uploaded on: Mar 28, 2013
Last Updated: Dec 04, 2015
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