The Beyond Zero Harm Framework (BZH) is a participatory process for discussing, defining, measuring and analyzing community well-being. The framework was created by a group of participants from mining companies, civil society organizations and academics, many of whom are members of the Devonshire Initiative.
The BZH Framework was developed first and foremost to address gaps in the consistency and meaningfulness of data used to assess community well-being – better data. The participatory process that the framework lays out for defining, measuring and analyzing the data with host communities also addresses significant gaps in how companies participate in local development processes – better dialogue. While the need for consistent and meaningful baseline data is what spurred the idea of the BZH Framework, early discussions about the Framework also highlighted another challenge, which was the role of the company in local development dialogue.
Please access this link to download the Framework and the supporting documents:
Dr Jeroen De Zeeuw
Timu - Community Development Associates
Resettlement training course on Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Social Sustainability.
University of Groningen/IFC/World Bank
Groningen, The Netherlands