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Going beyond impact mitigation
to create long-term benefits for all our stakeholders

Our Approach

Teranga is committed to making a positive difference in the communities in which we live and work. Our aim is to share the benefits of our mining operation and to leave a lasting, positive legacy that will continue to be enjoyed for generations to come. Through our community development work, Teranga’s host communities benefit from new job opportunities, education and training opportunities, expanded health care services, more secure sources of potable water, improved roads and infrastructure, and much more.

Beyond Impact mitigation

In Sabodala, Senegal, Teranga invests annually about 1.2M USD directly in the communities through the Social Fund. 


Beyond community investment, Teranga strives to create long-term partnership with its stakeholders to develop solutions and projects which will provide enduring socio-economic development in the countries we operate in. These partnerships also focus on sharing the benefits of responsible mining with our stakeholders.

We believe that mining actors have an opportunity to become partners of choice for local socio-economic development. They can catalyze resources to further benefit the region by reaching to international partners and contributing their skills for the larger community. This is successfully demonstrated in Senegal, where Teranga operates the first gold mine in the country, setting the benchmark for further actors.  

In Burkina Faso, we will replicate the successful Sabodala Community Development Framework at our Wahgnion project.

Our Corporate Social Responsibility team on the ground is already collaborating with our stakeholders to develop solutions and projects which will provide enduring socio-economic development in the communities we impact, following the successful Sabodala blueprint.

  Current and completed
commitments and programs 
Community requests for
short-term initiatives
  • Peer education program: In partnership with local health center, public health training related to HIV & AIDS, malaria prevention, and nutrition.
  • Micro-dam construction
  • Community cattle water points and provision of training and bursaries
  • Primary School inauguration
  • Market Gardens support
  • Grain storage facility
  • 10 water boreholes
  • Speaker/sound systems and plastic chairs for community gatherings
  • Water pump and grain mill repairs
  • Financial support for various cultural ceremonies and celebrations







Community and CSR Investments

Teranga Development Strategy

Mining responsibly and maximizing economic and social development outcomes do not happen by chance. They require a well-articulated, shared vision of the future that the company, communities and government want to achieve. They require extensive consultation between all three parties to ensure that each is informed about the other’s long-term plans and aspirations. They require a clear definition of everyone’s shared goals and the actions required to achieve those goals. Finally, they demand strong, long-term relationships based on clearly defined roles and responsibilities. This is what the Teranga Development Strategy (TDS) seeks to achieve. 

The TDS sets out our long-term vision for our operations, and how we will orient our operations to maximize the benefits for the communities in our area of influence. It describes the role that we expect to play in regional development, and outlines the strategic actions that we think we need to take to achieve the development goals that have been expressed to us by the communities in which we operate. The TDS is focused on delivering positive outcomes with respect to the following three priority areas: 

Priority #1: Sustainable Economic Growth 
There is a growing consensus that development efforts should focus on stimulating sustainable long-term economic growth at the national, regional and local levels. This, in turn, can generate the financial resources governments need to invest in their countries and communities. The actions in the TDS are intended to help deliver on the essential elements needed to achieve high rates of sustainable economic growth: 
- infrastructure; 
- human capital; 
- equality of opportunity; 
- sound environmental management; and 
- accountable governments. 

Priority #2: Agriculture and Food Security 
Achieving food security is a significant and growing challenge in the developing world. People’s health and education and their ability to learn, work and thrive are seriously compromised if they do not have food security. Agriculture is also the largest economic sector in many developing countries. It is a significant generator of employment and can drive economic growth. 
Through the TDS, Teranga is helping to support the agricultural economy and build food security through sustainable agricultural development, capacity building, and contribution to publicly accessible research and knowledge related to agricultural practices.

Priority #3: Youth Education and Training 
As a long term development partner in the region, Teranga sees its investments in the training and education of youth as one of its most important investments. The TDS will help achieve this goal through actions related to support for educational infrastructure, training and development as well as measures to improve health outcomes of youth, children and mothers.

Applying the TDS framework, we will identify the key priority areas at the Wahgnion project over the course of 2018.


Teranga Gold is committed to transparency and strong partnership with the local communities and the Government as it relates to resettlement and economic displacement resulting from the development of its operations.

Mines require land to develop their projects. Often this land is already occupied, either by economic activities (such as agriculture) or by physical settlements, and acquisition of that land by a mining company can disp lace those activities. Displacement can cause significant hardship for affected communities, but we see land acquisition as one of our potential development levers. We believe that implemented appropriately land acquisition in support of mining operations should contribute to an improvement in the living conditions, livelihoods, economies, and quality of life of affected people.

With the assistance of ERM (formerly rePlan), Teranga established a Livelihood Restoration and Resettlement Policy (LRRP) to guide new physical resettlement and economic displacement. The Policy document provides a detailed description of our approach to livelihood restoration and improvement associated with land acquisition. It has been designed to meet and exceed international standards set by the IFC and industry best practices. The Policy details Teranga’s approach to land acquisition, stakeholder engagement and grievance mechanism principles, and defines eligibility and entitlements.

Government Commits to Working with Sabodala Gold Operations on the Development of Niakafiri  

Case Studies

Setting the vision for the development of the Kedougou Region (Senegal) 

When Teranga took ownership of the Sabodala gold mine, the Kedougou Region had just been created. Although community investment started in Sabodala in 2006, there was a need to formalize our approach and engage with stakeholders at the local and regional level to coordinate effort and ensure a sustainable development of the Region. 
To achieve this, proper development planning at the local and regional level needed to occur. In 2013, Teranga launched the Regional Development Strategy process, with the support of ERM (formerly rePlan), to create a document that would set the vision for the long-term development of the region of Kedougou. Through 18 months of consultation with all the stakeholders, the development priorities for the region were defined along with 78 actions for Teranga to support the socio-economic development of Kedougou. The TDS (Teranga Regional Development Strategy) was born. 

After the TDS launch, Teranga was able to attract Canadian players interested in the development of the Kedougou Region, creating the Canadian Cooperation Roundtable which brings together 30 institutions involved in the socio-economic development of the region. This roundtable is involved in about 20 projects in the region and has been a channel to facilitate partnerships. One such partnership is the one signed by Teranga, the Foundation Paul-Gerin Lajoie and the Government of Canada to implement vocational training for 50 youths of the region.