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February 2012 Blog Posts (33)

EITI in the US: why only on federal lands? (Part 1)

The US sign-up last September to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) was met with widespread acclaim by international civil society groups. But EITI implementation in the US applies only to federally-owned lands, responsible for about 30…


Added by Amrit Naresh on February 29, 2012 at 14:36 — 1 Comment


Do you agree? 'The cost of attending Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town, c12k rand (£1.6k) per person, has side-lined many locals ..the only visible local interest apart from media and paying delegates, during the four days of talks, as a vocal group of 20 people nearby calling for the DCR President to go' (paraphrased); opinion piece that I stumbled across;…


Added by daniel gilbert on February 23, 2012 at 18:31 — No Comments

Call for applications - Media training in extractives

This May, in Kampala, Uganda, Revenue Watch Institute will begin our third class for African journalists seeking new expertise in reporting on oil, gas and minerals. The application process is open to journalists from Ghana and Uganda; and the deadline is 29 February. The program is designed for individuals with a demonstrated interest in reporting about the extractive industry. To share this information and/or to fill out…


Added by George Lugalambi on February 23, 2012 at 17:36 — 1 Comment

Vacancy: WWF International- Extractives Coordinator

Extractives Coordinator


WWF’s Conservation Policy & Science unit aims to provide Network Initiatives and the WWF Network with conservation expertise, intellectual leadership and technical inputs. WWF works to maximise the effectiveness of the Network’s approach to extractive industries and engagement with partners and the private sector. WWF strives to develop and manage global relationships with extractives…


Added by Kirsten Hund on February 23, 2012 at 13:09 — No Comments

The missing pieces of Iraq’s first EITI report

The next few months are an incredibly crucial time for Iraq as an implementing country of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). It has until August 2012 to achieve EITI Validation, following the beginning of its candidacy in February 2010. As such, any issues with regards to the activities designed to display their increase in transparency which have taken…


Added by Zara Rahman on February 22, 2012 at 16:43 — No Comments

ELLA Learning Alliance on Extractive Industries

Dear GOXI members,

I thought you might be interested know about the ELLA Learning Alliance on Extractive Industries. This is a free, structured learning programme that will

• bring together experts and interested individuals from Latin America, Africa and South Asia to engage in a programme of exchange and learning;

•promote networking between individuals and organisations facing common development…


Added by Mark Turner on February 22, 2012 at 16:39 — 2 Comments

Colombia, KRG, Peru: so where are those “published” oil contracts?

There is an ever increasing level of interest in the debate around contract transparency in the global extractives industries, and a growing minority of jurisdictions which have agreed to publish contracts openly. However winning the argument is only the first chapter in the story as I discovered recently looking at Colombia, Peru and Iraqi Kudistan. First, once the…


Added by Lucy Wallwork on February 22, 2012 at 12:08 — 3 Comments

Expertise request around extractive industries in your country...

Do you want to help build knowledge around your country's extractive industries? Go to our 2-minute questionnaire at http://bit.ly/xsmFHg and tell us what you need to know!

OpenOil is a Berlin-based transparency company seeking to help create locally driven knowledge communities around the extractive industries. We are developing wiki-driven websites in English and local languages which will also be printed…


Added by Zara Rahman on February 20, 2012 at 18:33 — No Comments

If you want to hear what African mining leaders think about transparency and the Dodd Frank Act, (Section 1504), please watch this video on You Tube

At Capetown Indaba Mining Conference last week African mining leaders spoke in support of strong SEC rules for Dodd Frank Act and European Transparency Directive - which will require mining, oil and gas companies registered on US and EU stock exchanges to publish what they pay governments for taxes. royalties etc, on a project by project basis, tackle corruption and help to break the resource curse.

If you want to hear what they said, go to You Tube: …


Added by Anna Sophia Caroline Swire on February 17, 2012 at 18:46 — No Comments

Indaba Mining Conference, Feb 2012. African mining leaders speak out on transparency and the value of the Dodd Frank Act (Section 1504)

If you want to know what they think, click on this You Tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUzI--IzLmo

Sophia Swire

Added by Anna Sophia Caroline Swire on February 17, 2012 at 18:34 — No Comments

call for applications / RWI-Petrad Fellowship

The Revenue Watch Institute (RWI) and the Oil for Development Program (OfD) of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation are pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the 2012 RWI Petrad Fellowship. The deadline for application is 30 March 2012. The program seeks to accelerate civil society leaders' effectiveness in promoting the better management of oil, minerals and gas for the public good and is open to civil society activists from…


Added by Matteo Pellegrini on February 17, 2012 at 15:37 — No Comments

Uganda: Ignoring MPs' resolutions doesn't bode well

On February 3, 2012, the media was awash with news of signing of new production sharing agreements (PSAs) between Tullow Oil and Government of Uganda.

The gusto and excitement that surrounded this signing is proof that Uganda’s nascent oil and gas sector will never be the same again. It should be noted that this is not Uganda’s first PSA; so, the euphoria surrounding this particular one speaks volumes and there is more to it than meets the eye.

To begin with, the signing of…


Added by MUKALAZI DEUS on February 17, 2012 at 9:03 — 3 Comments

opening - Geologist for a Resource Audit (Rare earth deposit)

Resources Consulting Services (http://www.resourceglobal.co.uk/),

is looking for a Geologist to assist us with a resource audit of a rare earth deposit in Asia.

Please contact the Senior Consultant in charge of this project, Hilaire AVRIL (hilaire.avril@resourceglobal.co.uk) with a CV. Please mention in the email subject "Resource Audit".

Resource Consulting Services (RCS) provides professional and innovative…


Added by Hilaire AVRIL on February 14, 2012 at 13:34 — No Comments

Transparency is for life - not just for PR

Companies have brandished their ‘support’ of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) as a badge proving their unquestionable commitment to transparency. For the most part their behaviour has failed to reflect their rhetoric. In fact, many companies hide behind EITI while waging an unsavoury battle against transparency legislation. Companies should not be allowed to have their cake and eat it. If they wish to derive the reputational benefits of…


Added by Alice Powell on February 13, 2012 at 19:15 — No Comments

A climate for greater transparency in the extractive industries

Mary Beth Snodgrass, in her recent article Extractive Industries Confront Pressure for Transparency refers to the growing transparency requirement for international corporations in the extractive industries.…


Added by Norma Garza on February 13, 2012 at 18:38 — No Comments

Launch of the 2nd report of the World Economic Forum's Responsible Mineral Development Initiative


At the sideline of the mining conference INDABA in Cape Town last week, the World Economic Forum launched its 2nd report on its Responsible Mineral Develoment Initiative (RMDI).

The report provides practical solutions to the challenges of responsible mineral development. The outcome of this work lays out six building blocks that act as a constructive framework for further discussion and action towards creating a more socially and economically responsible…


Added by Till Schmid on February 13, 2012 at 16:30 — No Comments

Transparency in Ghana's oil revenue management

"Improved transparency is ultimately to the benefit of all stakeholders:

• Civil society needs transparency in order to hold governments to account for the use of revenues;

• Governments can improve relations with their citizens and lower borrowing costs in the international

financial markets for emerging market economies if they operate transparently;

• Companies are increasingly realizing the importance of transparency in ensuring a level playing field

and in…


Added by FATAWU DARISON on February 12, 2012 at 2:33 — No Comments

Transparency for Improved Mineral Rights Administration

Whether transparency and information disclosure produce a valuable impact depends on the quality and usefulness of disclosure, and the ability for public scrutiny to have a direct impact on policy and public administration. If governments increase transparency by providing data directly generated by their own administrative processes, it will not become an endpoint, but rather a starting point of a circle of accountability; the government is able to respond to public inquiry and pressure,…


Added by Aasmund Andersen on February 10, 2012 at 19:00 — No Comments

The transparent hypocrisy of big oil

The yawning gap between the transparency rhetoric of companies and the reality of their actions has never been more apparent than it is now.

Ian Gary

February 9th, 2012

The oil and gas industry loves to trumpet their support of international transparency initiatives and their tax contributions to the US government, but…


Added by Ian Gary on February 10, 2012 at 18:28 — No Comments

African mineral wealth: turning stones into bread…

Which policy maker, in particular at the time when many developed countries are struggling with budgetary constraints and have little left for development support, would not agree that it has become imperative to transform the rich African mineral resources into long-term sustainable development? African leaders have placed the bet to attain this objective by…


Added by Isabelle Ramdoo on February 10, 2012 at 17:38 — No Comments

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