This brief aims to inform policy dialogue on the protection of health in extractive industries (EIs) in the mining sector in east and southern Africa (ESA). It outlines on pages 5-7 a proposal for a ‘Regional guidance on minimum standards for the duties and responsibilities of parties in the extractive sector for health and social protection’. EIs play a key economic role, but also bring health, environmental and social risks. International codes and guidance exist on the duties of corporate actors to control these risks and contribute to health. ESA country laws provide for some health protection in EIs, but all have gaps in legal provisions. In line with the intentions of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and other regional economic communities, standards and laws for the sector should be harmonised and brought in line with international standards. The proposal for regional guidance draws clauses from current laws in ESA countries, suggesting the feasibility of their wider application across the region.
Health equity in economic and trade policies
Title of publication EQUINET Policy brief 42: Harmonising regional standards for extractive industry responsibilities for health in east and southern Africa
Date of publication
Harmonising regional standards for extractive industry responsibilities for health in east and southern Africa, TARSC, Policy brief 42 EQUINET, Harare
extractive industries, mining, health, laws, standards
East and southern Africa region
Equinet Publication Type