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Gwendolyn Wellmann
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Gwendolyn Wellmann
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Business, Academia, Individual
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Sociologist; Community Development Specialist
About My Work
I work both as an independent consultant and academic. I consult to the extractive industry, government agencies and NGOs on issues of corporate social investment, sustainable community development, other issues affecting affected communities, as well as artisanal mining.
I have twenty-one years’ experience in all aspects of community development and investments, community relations, corporate social responsibility (CSR), corporate social risk and public-private partnerships. During the span of my career, I have evaluated, advised and trained clients within oil & gas, mining, government, and NGOs focusing on Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, South Africa, Namibia, Ghana, and Mali. I am practiced in identifying where community relations and other aspects of sustainability must sit within a client’s strategy, as well as providing guidance on the planning and implementation of a community relations policy that complements the strategy and facilitates client aims.

I am a game changer who designed a successful artisanal mining strategy for Gold Fields West Africa based on empirical research, a first internationally by a gold mining company. My expertise and integral understanding of sustainable development issues resulted in a transformed Gold Fields West Africa sustainable development department from worst in the group to best in group within nine months; also indicating that I am very adept to managing large teams of people successfully.

I am the author of a community development handbook that cover, amongst others, stakeholder identification, grievance mechanism, local content, social impact and community investment as key issues. I have a firm understanding of the IFC social and environmental performance standards and requirements, the Global Reporting Initiative, the Equator Principles and the South African Government’s Social and Labour Plan requirements.

Further to my work in the private, public and NGO sector, I also supervise Master and PhD students in this field. I am a board member of Leadership for Conservation in Africa (LCA) Ghana and Green African Youth Organization (GAYO).
Areas of interest
gold, diamonds, oil and natural gas, csr, governance and anti-corruption, environment, social accountability, human rights, monitoring revenue collection, redistribution and sustainable development
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SA Human Rights Commission Report on Socio-Economic Challenges in Mining-Affected Communities

Posted on August 24, 2018 at 9:30 0 Comments

The long-awaited South African Human Rights Commission Report of the National Hearing on the Underlying Socio-economic Challenges of Mining-affected Communities in South Africa has been released.  The hearings were held on the 13-14 September 2016, 26 and 28 September 2016, and 03 November 2016.


The main findings of the report are as follows:


There is a disjuncture between the intended impact of the comprehensive regulatory framework for the mining industry in…


The Draft Responsible Gold Mining Principles and Communities

Posted on August 7, 2018 at 16:49 0 Comments

A few days ago I attended a consultative roundtable discussion on the World Gold Council’s draft Responsible Gold Mining Principles in Johannesburg. Whilst one cannot actually say that the event was well attended, the few of us who were there for the whole event were there to fully participate and we were accorded sufficient time to raise our concerns. It was also a significant improvement (compared to how these consultative processes normally go) to see (very vocal) affected community…


Resettlement Impact Assessments and Women

Posted on July 16, 2018 at 15:04 0 Comments

At the May 2018 International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) annual conference, I presented some results of ongoing research which look at the impact on women affected by land acquisition for the purposes of development. It is clear that women’s rights to tenure are often ignored, that women are often not included in the consultation processes around access to land, that women’s crops are often ignored during the valuation process, and that women are not included when cash…


Mine Community Trusts - who benefits?

Posted on June 20, 2017 at 16:16 6 Comments

The Mining Charter (June 2017) makes reference to the need for mine communities to be awarded shares. Whether or not this version of the charter passes the legal challenges it will no doubt face in coming weeks and months, it cannot be disputed that community development for mine-affected communities, whether through a mechanism of share ownership or not, is vital. However, the proposal that the communities’ share be held in trust, raises concerns. One wonders how this will differ from the…


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At 12:51 on January 7, 2016, Terry Heymann said…

Hi Gwendolyn, Happy New Year! Nice to hear from you. I hope that all is well with you and that 2016 is a successful year. What are you up to at the moment; still doing some work with Gold Fields?

Best wishes,




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