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Featured Blog Posts – February 2016 Archive (33)

The link between recklessness inside & outside of mines

I read with interest the article published on Friday, 26th February 2016, by Miningmx.com, referring to the Implats CEO, Terance Goodlace’s, take on the link between safety in South African mines and the risk-taking psyche of the average South African.  He further links it to a “growing social disobedience” which, according to…

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Added by Gwendolyn Wellmann on February 29, 2016 at 19:10 — No Comments

Development of local providers in the Colombian extractive sector: Bottlenecks, success factors and policy implications

Societies that have abundant non-renewable natural resources may transform such natural capital into other types of capital (e.g. human, produced, infrastructure) through different channels. For governments that manage natural wealth, the substitution of one type of capital -which depletes as it is exploited- for other sustainable capitals is a public policy challenge. One of the channels of transformation is the creation of forward and backward productive linkages between the extractive…

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Added by Juan D. Gutiérrez-Rodríguez on February 25, 2016 at 23:16 — 2 Comments

What makes community engagement meaningful in the extractive industries?

Getting community engagement right – making sure it is ‘meaningful’ – is critical to the social licence to operate for oil, gas and mining projects. Government and industry responsibilities in this respect are equally important.

The term ‘meaningful’ now appears in international standards including the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the…

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Added by Emma Wilson on February 25, 2016 at 18:28 — No Comments

What is the Local Community Content in Ghana’s Oil and Gas local Content?

        I.            Introduction

Emeka'Wokoro, (2010)[1] identified three principal parties to Oil and Gas resource extraction; the host government that owns the resources and formulate the fiscal and regulatory regimes; the international oil companies (IOCs) that contribute their capital, technology, and expertise in return for a reasonable return on their investment; and the host communities or regions that may lay claim to the resource and have high…

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Added by FRANK ADU on February 24, 2016 at 12:50 — 1 Comment

Mining Governance: In the Eyes of 2016 Graduates

Let's put ourselves in the shoes of 2016 graduates from universities and postgraduate schools either abroad or domestic alike.  All graduates have invested their energy, time, and money to attempt to learn everything that would equip them to become good professionals and public servants. Here I would like to talk about the ones who are dreaming to become the best public servant in Mongolia's mining governance.  These are the ones who disliked the naming of their…

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Added by Mendee Jargalsaikhan on February 21, 2016 at 12:00 — No Comments

Can EITI make a difference in Angola?

More than a year has passed since the creation of an inter-ministerial working group to evaluate the possibility of Angola joining EITI (‘working group’), and there is still no information on what the outcome of this evaluation is, or whether a decision has been reached.

 

Progress on this front is no doubt being closely monitored by transparency advocates…

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Added by Liliane Mouan on February 20, 2016 at 1:27 — No Comments

Launch of Open Fiscal Models

Alongside growing revenue and contract transparency, increasing model transparency is needed. Only with financial model transparency can relevant actors better assess whether contracts are balanced in terms of fiscal returns and understand when revenues start flowing to the government. CCSI strongly supports financial model transparency and has developed two open fiscal models to be launched at the …

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Added by Nicolas Maennling on February 19, 2016 at 20:37 — No Comments

Why should the World Bank support Free, Prior and Informed Consent? Their report explains.

New World Bank report calls for Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) in the midst of ongoing World Bank consultations on its own safeguards.

Next week the World Bank will host a public consultation in Washington DC around its draft environmental and social “safeguards”— World Bank policies that aim to avoid…

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Added by Emily Greenspan on February 19, 2016 at 18:41 — 1 Comment

PWYP Malawi (18/02/2016): Five Unanswered Questions on Exploration of Oil & Gas in Malawi’s Lake and Land

18 February 2016

Five Unanswered Questions on Exploration of Oil & Gas in Malawi’s Lake and Land

All of Lake Malawi and part of Malawi’s land including the Shire River Basin have been divided into six blocks for exploration of oil and gas. Between 2012 and 2014, the Government of Malawi issued six petroleum exploration licences.

  • In September 2011, the Government awarded petroleum exploration…
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Added by Rachel Etter-Phoya on February 18, 2016 at 16:48 — No Comments

New Publication: Challenges to advancing environmental and social responsibility in the coloured gems industry

On 29 January 2016, the Responsible Ecosystems Sourcing Platform (RESP) published a report that provides insight into the main challenges hindering the setting of a common and collaborative framework to advance the environmental and social responsibility agenda of the coloured gems industry, and uncovers potential areas where convergence on the priorities of these challenges can be found in order to contribute to identifying a clear path towards a collaborative framework.

The…

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Added by Eduardo Escobedo on February 15, 2016 at 18:08 — No Comments

​To harness the private sector to achieve the SDGs we need real measurement of impact

by Jeff Geipel

Source: Devex.com

"One of the most welcome improvements of the recently released Sustainable…

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Added by Janne Kaiser-Tedesco on February 15, 2016 at 17:54 — No Comments

How much deeper can Zambia dig?

What reserves can a country with a huge mining and minerals industry do to shelter itself from the global commodity downturn?

Adam Smith International speaks exclusively to the director of the Mines Development Department (MDD), in the Ministry of Mines and Minerals Department in Zambia, about how the government is addressing the global crisis.

Does the mining sector still see itself as a major player…

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Added by Adam Smith International on February 15, 2016 at 17:43 — No Comments

Weekly GOXI: February 15, 2016



A weekly digest of activity on GOXI

Lately, there seems to be no love for extractives. Fresh from the…

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Added by GOXI on February 15, 2016 at 17:23 — No Comments

Sharing the Wealth: A Roadmap for Distributing Myanmar's Natural Resource Revenues

Myanmar's central government collects much of the billions of dollars generated by oilgas, …

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Added by Andrew Bauer on February 15, 2016 at 13:30 — No Comments

Mixed Blessings in Africa. Does Oil Windfall Lead to Economic Downfall?

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The sustainable development of oil and gas resources requires policies, principles, and practices that support the utilization of resources in a…

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Added by Ishmael Ackah, PhD on February 13, 2016 at 12:49 — No Comments

Get a bird’s eye view: drones and satellites for improved extractives governance?

Walk into your local Apple Store, and you can leave with a Parrot. A Parrot drone that is. The range of drones on the market is…

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Added by Michael Jarvis on February 12, 2016 at 22:00 — 1 Comment

Latest blog fresh from Mining Indaba 2016: Thinking beyond the resource boom: African countries must avoid procrastination

The resource sector has entered into a new phase. Prolonged downswings in commodity prices, fuelled by (i) the double effect of slower demand from emerging markets like China and excess supply resulting from massive investments during boom years; (ii) the difficulty of developed markets to regain momentum and (iii) the tightening of financial markets are all threatening to turn what was not so long ago seen as tailwinds into headwinds, with even stronger swirls…

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Added by Isabelle Ramdoo on February 12, 2016 at 18:00 — No Comments

Challenge One: Integrating the EITI into government systems

In the first of a set of contributions, Clare Short reflects on her time as EITI Chair.

After five years working extensively with the EITI and visiting many countries that are using the EITI to help improve the management of their extractive industries, I conclude…

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Added by EITI on February 12, 2016 at 17:22 — No Comments

What’s needed to help mining minnows get off the ground in Africa?

Take a look at a piece I co-authored with Dr Antonio Malfense Fierro ahead of the two Mining Indabas held this week. Comments and discussion welcome.

What's needed to help mining minnows get off the ground in Africa

Antonio Malfense Fierro, …

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Added by Rachel Etter-Phoya on February 12, 2016 at 16:00 — No Comments

Extractive Industries and Sustainable Human Development, an Oxymoron?

In the last few years, we have seen a growing rapprochement between extractive (oil, gas and mining for the purposes of this blog) companies and international development organizations. The World Bank, UNDP and IFC are implementing global extractive programs to identify poverty eradication solutions for…

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Added by Christianna on February 11, 2016 at 7:51 — No Comments

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