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Featured Blog Posts – March 2015 Archive (31)

New International Guideline on Social Impact Assessment

A new guideline on social impact assessment is now available from the International Association for Impact Assessment. The guidance is the culmination of a number of years of work led by Prof Frank Vanclay. 
You can access the guideline here:
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Added by Daniel Franks on March 31, 2015 at 11:36 — No Comments

The Mining Industry’s surprising turn to Solar and Wind Energy

By Joseph Kirschke | (Informed Comment)

When mining professionals the world over descended on Toronto’s 2015 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Convention (PDAC) at the beginning of March, the investment outlook at one of the industry’s most important events was dim . A global economic slowdown and a glut of metals and minerals for construction, infrastructure and energy on the Chinese mainland also cast a long shadow over budgets for sustainability – an increasingly…

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Added by Joseph F. Kirschke on March 31, 2015 at 4:30 — No Comments

Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF), March 2015 Newsletter

 

IGF NEWSLETTER                                                                                              MARCH 2015

 

Dear Friends and Members of the IGF:

 

The Secretariat is pleased to present you with the latest monthly…

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Added by Arash Irantalab Tehrani on March 30, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

Are Ghanaian Journalists failing the fight?

By Seibik Bugri, Accra  

Stakeholders with keen interest in the governance of extractive industries and how resources therein are used have bemoaned the seeming lackadaisical attitude of Ghanaian Journalists towards the sector and pressed home the urgent need for them to double their efforts in throwing more light on to the sector.

Members of the Institute of Financial and Economic Journalist (IFEJ) and other extractive reporters do not…

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Added by seibik bugri on March 29, 2015 at 20:42 — No Comments

Public Interest Modeling: the entry point to transparency work, not its grand finale

Models are powerful tools. So powerful in fact that the discussion of whether they should be unleashed into the public space has sometimes been accompanied by a discussion of the “dangers” of doing so – reminiscent of the first debates around the idea of transparency itself.

General thinking has been that models are a stage to aspire to, to work up towards - perhaps because they involve a degree of technical complexity, and because they have…

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Added by Johnny West on March 27, 2015 at 14:43 — No Comments

New paper: How the EITI can be a tool for improving transparency in the oil trading business.

The paper provides an overview of EITI reporting by state-owned, National Oil Companies (NOC) and oil traders.

Link: https://eiti.org/document/eiti-brief-nocs-and-sale-government-oil

The brief sets out the importance of transparency and accountability in the “first trade” i.e. the sale of oil by NOC to oil trading companies. In many resource-rich countries, the largest revenue…

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Added by EITI on March 27, 2015 at 13:58 — 1 Comment

Public Interest Modeling: don't let the perfect the enemy of the good!

I opened this series by saying that public interest models of extractive industry projects did not serve only the purposes financial models have been used for to date but had, in addition to their analytical function, the three other main functions of pedagogy, advocacy and strengthening government support.

In this post I will focus on how public interest models – published on the Internet and relying on public domain data – measure up purely in the…

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Added by Johnny West on March 25, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments

Scratching where it itches

Scratching where it itches

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Added by EITI on March 24, 2015 at 15:07 — No Comments

Seven things to consider when managing non-renewable natural resources

Written by Degol Hailu, Senior Advisor, Sustainable Development, UNDP.

Natural resource wealth offers enormous potential for achieving development goals. But without effective management, the wealth can be squandered.

UNDP works with governments,…

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Added by Sofi Halling on March 23, 2015 at 17:17 — No Comments

The communications opportunity of falling commodity prices

Falling commodity prices will certainly produce winners and losers. The trick will be to spot the opportunities and seize them.

To my mind, falling prices offer an excellent opportunity for governments to reframe expectations around natural resource discoveries. These discoveries often trigger unrealistic expectations, which can rapidly generate political or social problems. When people expect to get rich quick but don't, then either they are disappointed or they search for antisocial…

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Added by Ed Harris on March 22, 2015 at 21:00 — No Comments

The four functions of public interest financial models

We, and others, have made the case before that open financial models is the natural next stage of extractives governance. First, because you don't know what you've got til its modeled, and secondly, the models themselves must be open to allow the cumulative learning that is…

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Added by Johnny West on March 20, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments

Are You for Big Data or Big Oil?

What most profoundly distinguishes American Petroleum Institute (API) from civil society organizations in resource-rich countries working to make a more transparent and accountable extractives sector?

(Hint: the answer we’re looking for is not “the ability to pay for an army of high-priced lawyers” – although that works too.)

Put bluntly, one sees the tragic human consequences of mismanaged natural resource wealth up-close, every day,…

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Added by Jana Morgan on March 19, 2015 at 21:37 — No Comments

Does fracking make the water catch fire?

Is Gasland right --- does fracking lead to gas in the water, explosions and fires?

There is a new video by EI Academy that takes a look at the truth, the risks and the precautions. It's also available at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORpIKgnaXAs&list=PLODzhrySLhjaiykQLz1rJCC_DWdCva1ay

Added by Jodi Liss on March 19, 2015 at 10:02 — No Comments

The EITI not a seal of approval, but sign of change

The EITI not a seal of approval, but sign of change

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Added by EITI on March 18, 2015 at 10:33 — No Comments

Can the IMF's New Fiscal Transparency Code Help to Realize Contract Transparency in the DRC?

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is in the midst of finalizing the fourth pillar of its new Fiscal Transparency Code (FTC) and  public consultation on the draft has just drawn to a close. The pillar focuses entirely on resource revenue transparency for resource-rich countries, in recognition of the importance of the role that transparency plays in effectively harnessing these resources for development.

With the new FTC the IMF has shifted focus to…

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Added by Nicola Woodroffe on March 17, 2015 at 19:27 — No Comments

From Theory to Practice: New Tools for Stakeholder Engagement in Peru’s Mining Sector

One of the big questions discussed this year at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) 2015 Convention, the biggest annual gathering of mining professional from all over the world, in Toronto last week was how to create better systems for stakeholder engagement at a time of plummeting commodity prices and rising social demand from…

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Added by Linda Pappagallo on March 17, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments

TDM Call for papers: Special Issue on Latin America

Given the many cases related to natural resources in Latin America GOXI members are invited to contribute to our TDM Special on Latin America.

Call for papers

Since the beginning of the 21st century, Latin America has sought the proper response to international disputes. That effort has been complicated by the opportunities and realities of globalization and its relation to its effects on local economies and government policy. While new export markets have…

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Added by OGEL Journal on March 17, 2015 at 12:44 — No Comments

Malawian Voices, Malawi’s Natural Resources Extractive Industries (EI) Listening Exercise

This report brings together the insights from my in-country research into Malawi's extractive industries conducted last Autumn over a five week period spanning much of September and October.

The full report is available here.

As such, the document forms part of the suite of Malawian extractives documents available via the …

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Added by daniel gilbert on March 16, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

Report Shows Global Mining Industry Reporting more on Local Procurement as CSR Issue

The Mining Shared Value venture of Engineers Without Borders Canada is excited to present Local Procurement and Public Reporting Trends across the Global Mining Industry: An Analysis of Company Reporting, 2012-2013. The report provides an overview of the global mining industry’s prioritization of local procurement. It does so by measuring the degree to which the largest 40 mining companies publicly report on local procurement in their corporate responsibility or annual…

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Added by Jeff Geipel on March 11, 2015 at 20:23 — 2 Comments

Banks Stop Financing Environmentally Destructive Mining

The New York Times has an important article on a new front in mining, environmental protection and social license.

Due to social pressure and fear of damage to reputation, top banks are refusing to finance mountaintop removal as a cost-efficient way of coal mining in the United States.This seems to be a much more effective way of stopping a project than pressure on universities and investment banks to divest company shares.

Banks can lend the money elsewhere; such financing is…

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Added by Jodi Liss on March 11, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments

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