Canadian Headquarters:

275 Slater Street, Suite 1600
Ottawa, ON, Canada

Montréal Office:

1111 rue St. Charles Ouest, Bureau 700
Longueuil, QC, Canada

Extractive Sector 

Sustainable development solutions for mining communities

CowaterSogema works with mining companies, international donors and governments supporting the economic and social development of mining communities. Our projects invest in the local labour force, develop local supply chains and find commercially sustainable solutions to social challenges. We work with our clients to build a durable social license to operate, enable them to comply with local content requirements and achieve long-term cost savings.

Our portfolio of projects is multi-sectoral, cross-disciplinary and has been conducted for a variety of clients and partners. We draw from our broad knowledge of international development to achieve long-term positive development contributions to host communities or surrounding regions in which mines operate.

We are established in mining countries such as Burkina Faso, DR Congo, Indonesia, Mali, Madagascar and Peru amongst others. This enabled us to build strong relations with local stakeholders and gain a deep understanding of key issues and constraints that need to be navigated.

We work with companies who share our belief in the sustainable and inclusive development of the sector. To avoid actual or perceived conflicts of interest between our work for governments and private sector, we have developed an Extractive Industries Engagement Charter and due diligence mechanisms.

Our projects are based on international development best practices and focused on creating ecosystems for sustainable growth in communities:

Skills development for local labour: We develop skills for employment in sectors related to mining activities; support mining operators to fulfill their obligations as per mining codes by building the capacity of entrepreneurs; and foster greater collaboration on skills for jobs programs and enhance access to markets for entrepreneurs including youth entrepreneurs. Learn more about our Skills for jobs in the Kenieba region project in Mali.

Fostering local supply chains: We build the capacity of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to support large scale mining activities. By assessing the maturity of each sector and the capacity of its main players, we can identify sectors and local suppliers that possess the capacity to provide the goods and services required for mining activities, thereby maximizing in-country socio-economic growth. Learn more about our supply chain project in Guinea.

Renewable energy for communities: We introduce renewable energy and energy efficient solutions at household and business levels in rural communities. We also strengthen governance in the rural electrification sector through the establishment of local electricity cooperatives with the support of national electricity cooperatives. Learn more about the ECED-Mouhoun project in Burkina Faso and the SEED project in Jordan

Clean water supply and sanitation: We improve water supply and sanitation coverage through the construction of drinking water treatment plants and conduct sanitation and hygiene promotion activities. We also reinforce local governance to better support water and sanitation service delivery. Learn more about the ECED-Sahel project in Burkina Faso and NORST project in Ghana.

Empowering local women: Gender equality is a theme which cuts across our different areas of interventions. We target and tailor trainings and skill development programs for women, allowing them to access the labour market and develop a sustainable livelihood. We support women owned and operated businesses by increasing their access to productive resources and we integrate gender equality considerations into the design and delivery of services.  Learn more about the MAMPU project in Indonesia.

Local access to health: We strengthen local health systems and improve governance and accountability by building local capacity for facility and community-based health workers, with a particular emphasis on maternal, newborn and child health. We improve access to safe and hygienic environment of deliveries, antenatal and postnatal care and establish electronic birth registration systems to register births as per national civil registration vital statistics (CRVS) systems. Learn more about the InPATH project in Malawi.

Stakeholder Engagement and Citizen Buy-In: We ensure the validity of our clients’ social license to operate through community engagement at the local level, setting the stage for favorable and sustainable operating environments.