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Featured Blog Posts – February 2019 Archive (18)

Afghanistan’s Transparency Portal – a window on mining and oil projects

Authored by Aasmund Andersen and Christina Berger

On 25 November 2018, journalists, civil society members and senior government officials gather at the government media information centre in Kabul. National TV is broadcasting, live streaming on media channels is under way. Hon. Minister of Mines and Petroleum…

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Added by EITI on February 28, 2019 at 10:05 — No Comments

EITI Board approves Argentina’s application to join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

Government to use EITI to promote transparent and accountable management of oil, gas and mineral resources

The EITI Board today approved Argentina’s application to join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) at its meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine. Argentina, the third-largest economy in Latin America, becomes the EITI’s 52nd member country.

I congratulate Argentina on becoming a member of the EITI…

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Added by EITI on February 28, 2019 at 9:30 — No Comments

Sustainable development in Ghana's gold mines: Clarifying the stakeholder's perspective

Using semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions (FGDs), this study examined critical stakeholder's perceptions, experiences and competence in assuring the sustainable management of Ghana's major gold mines. The investigation was inspired by a synthesis of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the global community in September 2015; it places human resource capacity at the center of a sustainability struggle between local and international…

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Added by Francis Xavier Dery Tuokuu, Ph.D on February 27, 2019 at 16:32 — No Comments

Weekly GOXI February 18, 2019

A weekly digest of activity on GOXI…

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Added by GOXI on February 21, 2019 at 7:39 — No Comments

Le premier système de traitement de l'or sans mercure en Guinée - Un projet co-piloté par la GIZ et l’Artisanal Gold Council

Renforcement des mesures liées aux impacts des pratiques économiques, sociales et environnementales pour une exploitation artisanale et à petite échelle de l'or (ASGM ) en Guinée 

En décembre 2018, le Ministère des Mines de Guinée, représenté par la Direction Nationale des Mines, a inauguré le premier système de traitement de l'or sans mercure à Tonso, une localité de Siguiri en Haute Guinée, ce…

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Added by Kim Rahel Schultze on February 19, 2019 at 10:30 — No Comments

The first mercury free gold processing system in Guinea's ASM sector - GIZ and Artisanal Gold Council strengthening responsible mining practices

Pour la version française, voir ci-dessous --- See French Version below.

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In December 2018, the Ministry of Mines of Guinea, represented by the National Directorate of Mining, inaugurated the first mercury free gold processing system in Tonso, a district of Siguiri in Upper Guinea. This pilot project marks a step towards Guinea’s…

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Added by Kim Rahel Schultze on February 19, 2019 at 10:00 — No Comments

Responsible sourcing and artisanal mining - fear not!

"Instead of wondering where to start, let’s focus on where to act, and how to make our supply chains something beautiful too. I invite you to join us to make this a more beautiful world."

Check out this excellent article by Pact's Director of Mines to Markets Cristina Villegas about artisanal and small-scale mining, its significance to rural development, and how better data, technology and partnerships most of all are improving the lives of ASM…

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Added by Dylan E McFarlane on February 16, 2019 at 7:33 — No Comments

Gendered change to transparency in extractives starts in West Africa

By Charlotte Ørnemark, Independent researcher & consultant

Making women visible and locating gender expertise in their own movements have put West African Publish What You Pay (PWYP) coalitions at the forefront of working with gender in extractives. But there is a long journey ahead before minds and work processes have shifted to more gendered ways of working.

How do…

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Added by Publish What You Pay on February 15, 2019 at 17:47 — No Comments

Consultative Draft: Mapping the Renewable Energy Sector to the Sustainable Development Goals

Given the urgency and scale with which renewables must be deployed to meet the world’s sustainable development and climate goals, it is critical that renewable energy companies understand their potential impacts—both positive and negative—on economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable development. For that reason, the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, along with the UN Sustainable Development…

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Added by Nathan Lobel on February 13, 2019 at 22:22 — No Comments

Loss of life, ecological crisis and moral decadence, the legacy of granite mining in Mutoko

Simiso Mlevu

Villagers in Mutoko District, 143 North East of Harare, Zimbabwe’s Capital, live in poverty and yet scattered around their communities are superimposing machines slicing mountains for the precious granite stone.

For decades, MaBuja, as the people of Mutoko are identified because of their ethnicity, have been known for living…

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Added by Simiso Mlevu on February 13, 2019 at 19:39 — No Comments

Women on the corporate frontline: the role of gender in community-facing teams

First posted on the Audire Consultants website 04.02.19

A new research project exploring the ways in which gender influences…

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Added by Emma Wilson on February 12, 2019 at 13:32 — 2 Comments

Ushering in a new era of transparency in Armenia

After two years of rapid progress by the Armenia EITI Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) and national secretariat, the country’s inaugural EITI Report was launched in Yerevan on 30 January.…

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Added by EITI on February 8, 2019 at 12:30 — No Comments

How Indonesia is paving the way for more open disclosure of extractive industries data

Authored by Victor Ponsford

Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country, abounds in natural resources. In 2016, its oil, gas and mining activities contributed 7% of total government revenues. Access to the internet is becoming more widespread across the 17,000 island archipelago nation, providing a cost-efficient way to make…

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Added by EITI on February 7, 2019 at 12:30 — No Comments

Diamonds Should Sparkle In The Fight Against Inequality

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Added by Mukasiri Sibanda on February 7, 2019 at 10:57 — No Comments

Report - Mining Community Benefits In Ghana: a Case Of Unrealized Potential

This project is designed to examine the overall benefits of mining to local communities in Ghana through the lens of community benefits agreements (CBAs) in order to make policy recommendations to the Government of Ghana. CBAs are an increasingly common approach by mining companies to gain a “social license to operate” in local communities, upon whom they depend for property rights, workers, contractors, and a stable environment in which to operate. CBAs are…

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Added by CIRDI on February 7, 2019 at 1:00 — No Comments

Report (full-length) - The Role of Host Governments in Enabling or Preventing Conflict Associated with Mining

This study is the second phase (Phase 2) of an ongoing research project to improve understanding about the rise in conflict associated with mining operations around the world, particularly in developing countries. This is the full version of Phase 2 report on The Role of Host Governments in Enabling or Preventing Conflict Associated with Mining,…

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Added by CIRDI on February 7, 2019 at 1:00 — No Comments

Three Ways Companies Can Make 2019 a Big Year for Contract Transparency

Many people understand the debate around the publication of extractive industry contracts as a battle between transparency activists on one side and secretive companies on the other. But if 2018 is any indication, this view is a bit outdated. As our summary of company and contracts stories from 2018 shows, several of the biggest advances in contract transparency actually came from the…

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Added by Robert Pitman on February 6, 2019 at 22:45 — No Comments

Levin Sources partners with Global Communities, Fair Congo and IMPACT on USAID-funded initiative to Support Responsible Sourcing of Gold from Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Levin Sources today announced an ambitious partnership to reduce instability in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by establishing a commercially viable, conflict-free supply chain of Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) gold. The initiative is a partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Global Communities, Fair Congo and IMPACT.

The five-year, US $11.9 million USAID-funded program will link artisanal and small-scale miners…

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Added by Levin Sources on February 6, 2019 at 16:17 — No Comments

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