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Featured Blog Posts – May 2016 Archive (33)

CSOs elect their representatives to the TEITA Committee

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

 

Tanzanian civil society organisations on Friday 27th May, 2016 elected five representatives to the 3rd Tanzania Extractive Industries Transparency and Accountability Committee (TEITA Committee) formally known as Multi Stakeholder Group (MSG) which will be operational until May 2018.

The TEITA Committee brings…

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Added by Semkae Kilonzo on May 31, 2016 at 14:30 — No Comments

Weekly GOXI May 30, 2016

A weekly digest of activity on GOXI

It's almost June, almost time for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to announce its final payment transparency rules under Section 1504 of the…

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Added by GOXI on May 30, 2016 at 20:00 — No Comments

How Africans are taking control of their own EITI

Tanzania Extractive Industry Civil Society (TEICS)'s Bubelwa Kaiza writes here at Goxi about an attempt by powerful, rich International NGOs to wrest control of the EITI initiative in Tanzania from dedicated local CSOs. 

This is the latest episode in a new story about Africans determined to assert their will over their own civil society…

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Added by Eric Joyce on May 30, 2016 at 14:00 — No Comments

TANZANIA MSG A BATTLE GROUND FOR INGOs AND NATIONAL CSOs

Introduction

Tanzania EITI (TEITI) is now a battle ground for Multi-Stakeholders Group (MSG) control by national and international NGOs. The current MSG tenure, the second in Tanzania EITI implementation history, ends on the 31st May 2016. The MSG, which governs TEITI activities, was last year (2015) mandated by law that…

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Added by Bubelwa Kaiza on May 28, 2016 at 2:34 — No Comments

Call for Expressions of Interest: Get Involved with the African Mining Legislation Atlas!

Have you been following along as the African Mining Legislation Atlas (AMLA) builds its platform one piece of legislation at a time? (if you have not, check out www.a-mla.org. In addition to all 53 available mining laws, you can now compare the legislation of 18 countries).

If you have thought about getting more involved with the Project here is your opportunity:

The project and its partners at the African Legal Support…

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Added by African Mining Legislation Atlas on May 27, 2016 at 22:17 — No Comments

Aid Cuts Hurt Transparency

This blog piece is by Jessie Cato, National Coordinator - PWYP Australia and was originally posted on the Australian Council For International Development (ACFID) Website on 26 May (https://acfid.asn.au/blog-post/aid-cuts-hurt-transparency

On May 6th 2016, just before the Turnbull Government entered caretaker mode, it announced Australia would implement the Extractives Industries…

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Added by Jessie Cato on May 27, 2016 at 0:55 — No Comments

7 Reasons why investors worth over $9.8 trillion support Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act

The increasing technical risks of global natural resource development have been well- documented. What is less understood but no less important are the growing political, regulatory and reputational risks involved in meeting the world’s growing resource needs. Whether it is the threat of production disruptions in the Niger River Delta, nationalization or abrupt changes in tax policy risks in Venezuela, or tenuous license to operate in Guatemala, country and project-specific non-technical…

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Added by Perrine Toledano on May 25, 2016 at 10:53 — No Comments

ResourceContracts.org's partners are offering 5 grants of $10,000 each for innovative uses of the repository

 

The partners behind ResourceContracts.org are announcing a call for proposals for five grants of up to $10,000. CSOs, researchers, think tanks, and journalists are encouraged to apply. Others are also welcome to apply, although the partners cannot guarantee that applicants not identified with one of the stakeholder groups specified above will be deemed eligible for consideration.

 

With this call we encourage proposals…

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Added by Perrine Toledano on May 24, 2016 at 20:17 — No Comments

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

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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Added by Katherine Stanley on May 24, 2016 at 15:36 — No Comments

Call for case studies: corruption in community and CSR projects around mining

Dr Michael Nest is undertaking research for the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre in Norway on corruption in community development and corporate social responsibility projects related to mining.  The objective is to understand the risks for corruption around these projects, and to identify what mitigation strategies appear to be most promising.  The final report will be publicly available on the U4 website in late 2016.

Dr Nest is calling for case studies, which can be from…

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Added by Michael Nest on May 24, 2016 at 1:53 — No Comments

BEYOND BLOODSTAINED GEMS: NEW SCIENCE AND STANDARDS

By Hazel Henderson, JustMeans, October 2015

The best way to ensure that your diamond is not bloodstained from conflicts is to buy an identical gem created by human science.  These can be indistinguishable from diamonds mined from the Earth and avoid polluting the planet and exploiting miners, hundreds of whom die every year.  The growing science-created diamond industry is the biggest challenge yet to the mystique of mined diamonds.

 

Remember when women proudly…

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Added by Hazel Henderson on May 23, 2016 at 16:33 — 9 Comments

Tanzania's mining cadastre system now includes payment via SMS

The Tanzanian online mining cadastre system now allows licence holders to request the total licence fees they owe via SMS.

 

The addition of SMS extends the range of payment functionality that the Ministry of Energy and Minerals offers to its customers. Users are able to pay for their licensing fees and annual rents using a variety of payment methods, including mobile money (e.g Mpesa), point of sales terminals, NMB bank branches, EFTs and credit…

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Added by Bill Feast on May 20, 2016 at 15:30 — No Comments

Do you have any stories about community-company negotiation?

I'm currently working on a video series about how a community can better negotiate good agreements with extractive companies. Do you know any examples of communities that came to an agreement with a company? Please let me know!

Added by Jodi Liss on May 20, 2016 at 13:30 — 1 Comment

Human Trafficking in Global Supply Chains: a Visit to a Peruvian Illegal Gold Mining Town

The following travel blog captures key learnings from our site visit to La Pampa in Madre de Dios, one of Peru’s largest illegal mining sites nestled deep in the Amazonian jungle. Ulula - a mobile data and engagement technology company - was…

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Added by Vera Belazelkoska on May 19, 2016 at 21:29 — No Comments

NRGI Blog: Paradox of Plenty, Redux: Azerbaijan Grapples with Low Oil Prices

Researchers from the Eurasia Extractive Industries Knowledge Hub at Baku’s Khazar University devoted a special issue of the Caucasus Analytical Digest to low oil’s impact on Azerbaijan’s economy. They found the main reasons for the current economic…

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Added by Farid Guliyev on May 19, 2016 at 9:02 — No Comments

Mozambicans on the hook?

Curious about why Mozambicans are on the hook? The Mozambican government and international financial institutions made bad deals, and it’s ordinary Mozambicans who will suffer. Read more from our colleague Titus!

http://politicsofpoverty.oxfamamerica.org/2016/05/phantom-tuna-fleet-leaves-mozambicans-on-the-hook/

Added by Katherine Stanley on May 18, 2016 at 16:56 — No Comments

Australia to move ahead with implementation of the EITI standard

Since becoming PWYP Australia’s National Coordinator almost a year ago, I have been frequently been asked ‘What on earth is happening in Australia?’ It’s a fair question for many of my overseas colleagues; in fact it’s a question that has been echoed by many Australians. In just five years we’ve had four Prime Ministers, numerous ministerial reshuffles, and a policy agenda that at best could be described as ‘variable.’ So it is with great pleasure that I can write this post as it’s has been…

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Added by Jessie Cato on May 18, 2016 at 0:28 — No Comments

The Panama Papers and the Africa Story: the murky deals in DRC's mining industry

The Panama Papers are not just about famous people who use offshore accounts to avoid paying tax. They have also lifted the veil on a secret world in which tax havens are used to shift billions out of the world’s poorest countries in Africa.

Look at the Democratic Republic of Congo. DRC has enormous mineral wealth – especially cobalt, copper and diamonds. Yet it has some of the world’s worst malnutrition and child mortality, and millions of children who are not at school.

But…

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Added by Stephen Yeboah on May 17, 2016 at 22:30 — No Comments

Déjà vu in Peru: The UN sounds the alarm again on extreme pollution in Peru

This post was co-authored by Miguel Levano, Land Rights and Extractive Industries Officer at Oxfam Peru.

The UN special rapporteur on hazardous substances and wastes Baskut Tuncat sounded the alarm after observing oil pollution on his recent visit to block 192 (formerly block 1 A-B) of the northern Peruvian Amazon. Block 192 is an area inhabited by indigenous peoples that has…

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Added by Emily Greenspan on May 12, 2016 at 23:30 — No Comments

Congrats to Civil Society Groups In Ghana

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10 CSOs petition Mahama over secret ownerships of mineral concessions

Source: Ghana|myjoyonline.com

Date: 11-05-2016 Time: 06:05:52:pm

Ten civil society organizations have petitioned President Mahama to cause the disclosure of the…

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Added by KWABENA ATA MENSAH on May 12, 2016 at 18:58 — 1 Comment

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