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Gender and Development Journal on Natural Resource Justice

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taciana Peão Lopes May 28, 2018. 1 Reply

Gender and Development JournalThe latest journal is out, so what do you think? Which article strikes you most? What can we…Continue

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ICSID Protects the Right to Decide

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CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ICSID did the right thing and is protecting the right to decide for communities! …Continue


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Oxfam America
Type of Organisation
Civil Society Organisation, International Organisation
Job Title
Program Coordinator- Extractive Industries Team
About My Work
Oxfam advocates for just government policies and corporate practices in the oil, gas, and mining industries, and supports the right of communities to participate meaningfully in decisions about the development of natural resources.

It's a tragic contradiction: Countries rich in natural resources are often those that suffer from extreme poverty. In fact, more than 60 percent of the world's poorest people live in countries with valuable and abundant natural resources like oil, gas, and minerals. But most citizens rarely share in the wealth. In fact, their lives often worsen, because their countries fall victim to what is known as the "resource curse."

Relying too heavily on oil, gas, and minerals makes countries vulnerable to volatile global demand and discourages investment in sectors like manufacturing and agriculture—which can distribute jobs and income more widely across society. When community lands are seized for pipelines or mines, farming and fishing communities suffer. Indigenous peoples are particularly vulnerable—governments and companies tend to overlook their concerns. Too often, affected communities receive little information about these projects and have no say in whether or how resources will be extracted from their lands. In addition, governments do not always distribute revenues back to communities. The result is that extractive industries often unleash pollution, corruption, displacement, social unrest, and human rights violations. Oil and minerals are already the number one export of most poor countries, and countries are becoming increasingly dependent on these exports.

Oxfam America works to break the resource curse and harness the potential of extractive industries to support sustainable development. We believe local communities most directly affected should have a voice in whether oil, gas, and mining projects go forward and how they are carried out. We also believe that projects should be socially and environmentally responsible. These projects should not add to poverty and powerlessness—they should help overcome them.
Areas of interest
gold, diamonds, oil and natural gas, csr, governance and anti-corruption, geology, environment, social accountability, human rights, contract and licensing, monitoring revenue collection, redistribution and sustainable development
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East Africa Extractive Industries Program Advisor

Posted on January 25, 2017 at 23:00 0 Comments

Oxfam is hiring a new EI regional advisor for East Africa.  See the post HERE and below.

Please help us circulate widely.




Do you know a lot about the intersectionality of Gender and Extractives?

Posted on November 21, 2016 at 16:30 0 Comments

If so, then we want to hear from you!

Each quarter, Oxfam publishes the Gender & Development Journal (www.genderanddevelopment.org). Our November 2017 issue will focus on Natural Resource Justice, through the lens of gender equality and women's rights.

I am attaching our call for papers for this issue, which we hope will be of interest to you. We would be very grateful if you could share it with…


Gender and Social Accountability Report and Blog

Posted on August 15, 2016 at 18:22 0 Comments

I wanted share a new blog posting by OA researcher James Morrissey that examines gender bias in social accountability initiatives, including in the EI sector. James’ blog discusses our recently published research commissioned last year as part of our OI EI Strategic Planning…


New East African oil pipeline may win political hearts, but has the potential to put communities at great risk.

Posted on May 24, 2016 at 15:36 0 Comments

For the last year, Uganda has been caught in a love triangle.  Harboring precious oil resources in its Lake Albert region, Uganda has been the subject of intense courtship from its neighbors, Kenya and Tanzania, over which of the two countries would host the longest, heated oil pipeline to the sea. For many months, Kenyan President Kenyatta’s government – and the British oil company, Tullow – were claiming that there was an …


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