A four-year research project dubbed: the Beyond Zero Harm (BZH) Research Project (2017-2021) — has been launched in Accra.
The BZH project, which is being undertaken in three West African countries– Burkina Faso, Ghana and Guinea–aims to address gaps in the collection of consistent and meaningful data on community well-being in locations where mining companies operate.
The project also aims to test and potentially scale-up the use of the BZH Framework– which was developed by a working group of the Devonshire Initiative– as a tool to involve stakeholders in mining regions in a dialogue on sustainable development.
Specifically the BZH project is designed to target three communities in the project regions, namely Bagassi, Bale Province in Burkina Faso, Bondaye, Prestea Huni Vally District in Ghana and Sangaredi in the Boke Department in Guinea.
The project is being implemented through a partnership between World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) working through the West Africa Governance and Economic Sustainability in Extractive Areas (WAGES) project, the Government of Canada and the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), with funding from Canada’s International Development Research Centre.(IDRC)