Linking Natural Resource Exploitation and Primary Health Care in Developing Countries


In exchange for loans from international financial institutions, natural resources companies should be made contractually responsible for achieving specific primary health care targets in certain developing countries they invest in. Primary health care is crucial for social/economic development, but many developing countries’ governments fail in its provision. Any effort to make natural resources companies responsible for primary health care would need to focus on goal setting, monitoring and legal enforcement. The latter would include both monetary sanctions and incentives tied to specific targets. The challenges facing this project are significant, but none are problematic enough to prevent its implementation.


Human Rights Law | International Law | Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law

Date of this Version

March 2006