Since 2007 the CommDev website has served as a curated repository for information on community and sustainability issues related to extractive industries, agribusiness, forestry and infrastructure sectors (such as hydropower). Hosted by IFC’s Infrastructure & Natural Resources (INR) Advisory team, it draws from the diverse experience of IFC clients, on-the-ground practitioners, partner institutions and industry alliances to present a select set of knowledge and tools exemplifying best practices and offering guidelines for private, public and civil society actors. Our goal is to raise the bar on how business sustainability and community development are implemented while establishing a technically-grounded foundation for long-term socioeconomic empowerment that enables communities and companies to profit and share value.

We would like to thank the Governments of Norway and Canada for contributing to the development of this website and its contents.

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CommDev was originally formed in 2007 as part of the World Bank Group’s management response to the Extractive Industries Review to support enhanced benefit sharing with local communities through: demonstration projects and capacity building, plus codification and exchange of good practice. Companies around the world engage in community investment efforts as a way to promote local development and improve relations with stakeholders around their areas of operation. For the private sector, community investment—a subset of overall sustainability, social performance and corporate responsibility—is linked to competitiveness and to creating an environment conducive to private investment. In contexts where social risks and expectations are high, benefits channeled effectively through community investment programs and partnerships can help companies gain social license to operate, access land and water, reduce project and reputational risks, boost productivity, meet government requirements or global standards and/or successfully compete for the next venture.


INR Advisory team regional contacts

Veronica Nyhan Jones

Rodrigue Djahlin

Asia and Pacific:
Arjun Bhalla

Latin America and Caribbean:
Fernando Ruiz-Mier