Designing Local Content Policies in Mineral-Rich Countries

By Isabelle Ramdoo, published by IISD, October 2018

This report provides clarity on key characteristics and challenges of local content policies. It does not attempt to propose one definition of local content. It is meant to provide a better understanding of the various types of instruments used, as currently contained in existing legal and institutional frameworks and based on country-specific experiences. The purpose is to highlight the prerequisites necessary to inform a decision whether or not to design local content policies and to guide readers to what types of policies could best be adopted, given the specific policy environment in place in their respective countries. Available at