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Isabelle Ramdoo

Senior Associate and Development Economist

Isabelle Ramdoo is an economist with over 15 years of experience in trade and industrial policy. In the field of international trade, Isabelle has extensive experience in trade negotiations in Eastern and Southern Africa and worked as a technical negotiator for the Government of Mauritius. In the field of industrial policy, her main focus is on mineral-related linkages development.

Prior to joining IISD, she worked as a senior investment and linkages advisor at the African Minerals Development Centre/ United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, where she supported African governments in developing strategic linkages and supply chains to promote economic transformation, in line with the Africa Mining Vision. Prior to that, she was the deputy head of programme at the European Centre for Development Policy Management in the Netherlands, where she led the extractive industries work stream in the Economic Transformation and Trade program. She has published extensively on various dimensions of the extractive sector, in particular on local content and industrial diversification. Started her career as an economist for the Government of Mauritius, and worked subsequently as a trade policy analyst for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

All Publications

  • The Impact of COVID-19 on Employment in Mining Governments must act now to foster a resilient job market in the mining sector and protect their communities’ livelihoods.
  • El África de los recursos naturales La abundancia en minerales, tanto los tradicionales como los que necesitan las nuevas tecnologías, son una fuente impresionante de riqueza que ha revertido en unos pocos. Las potencias extranjeras se posicionan para asegurarse el suministro, pero un África unida debería imponer sus reglas para acabar con la pobreza de sus sociedades.
  • IGF Case Study: Automation and Water-Saving Technologies These case studies highlight the key emerging technologies that are being rolled out in the mining sector and their potential impacts on mining-rich countries. Case studies based on innovations in Australia, Mali and South Africa, focusing on two different types of technologies (namely automation and water-saving technologies) illustrate what the possible impacts could be and how governments are responding to those challenges.
  • New Tech, New Deal: Technology Impacts Review This review surveys new mining technologies and their impacts, in particular on labour. It asks how they will affect the relationship between mining companies and their host communities and host countries.
  • Local Content Policies in the Mining Sector: Scaling up local procurement This paper focuses on local procurement policies designed to boost the number of goods and services purchased by mining operations from local stakeholders.
  • Designing Local Content Policies in Mineral-Rich Countries The paper, focused on designing local content policies in mineral-rich countries, is part of a set of expert documents to substantiate the IGF Guidance for Governments on local content policies, released in July 2018.
  • IGF Guidance for Governments: Local content policies This new IGF guidance document aims to help resource-rich countries find more sustainable and inclusive economic solutions, fostering stronger linkages between mineral resources and the rest of the economy.