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We build and share evidence about what an effective approach to extractive development can look like. This supports incremental action that will bring us toward collective, systemic change. 


We work with a broad group of stakeholders, including communities and companies, to collectively assess and adapt the current approach to extractive development.


We use an action research approach that is focused around a collaborative assessment.

This assessment brings together multiple perspectives on a specific issue or in a specific region to identify what is working, what needs improvement, and where opportunities lie. It also gives stakeholders the opportunity to learn from each other. 


The assessment is based on the Getting to Net Positive Framework and is complemented by NetPositive’s global body of evidence.

A collaborative research and assessment process contributes to five specific outcomes.


  • There is more accountability and collaboration between stakeholder groups.

  • Communities are listened to and their concerns responded to. 

  • Stakeholders build capacity. 

  • Stakeholders have access to a growing body of evidence about what works and what doesn’t. 

  • Projects have a more durable, long-lasting social license to operate.

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