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Featured Blog Posts – May 2018 Archive (22)

Launch of New Conflict & Extractives Topic Overview and Online Library

Conflict and Extractives

In many cases, the exploitation of natural resources has contributed to the emergence, funding or prolonging of conflict, not only imposing…

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Added by Sarah Daitch on May 31, 2018 at 20:40 — 1 Comment

What Is the Licence to Operate?

Over the past decades, stakeholders have increasingly insisted that organisations, both public and private, produce goods and services complying with  international expectations and standards regarding human rights, as well as environmental and climate protection. It is not enough for organisations to be efficiently run. They must do good as well.

This has brought with it a complication. Businesses, and indeed governments, have spread their presence across the world…

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Added by Alexandra Truchot on May 31, 2018 at 15:48 — No Comments

After Babel, a New Common Language Emerges

Malawi’s low March to Reform Mining Industry. The goal is to avoid past mistakes



Now old and frail, Mr. and Mrs. Mwalwimba are in their late 70s. They have lived all their lives in Mwabulambo a rural community in Malawi’s Northern District of Karonga. This is where their parents and ancestors lived and are buried. This is also where some of their children still live.



The Mwalwimba family has two houses built with burnt bricks, cement floors and roofed with iron sheets.… Continue

Added by Winston Mwale on May 29, 2018 at 9:13 — No Comments

Improving Community Participation in Natural Resource Governance

Written by Tina Pimentel

In the Philippines, communities can be involved in developing social and community programs with extractive companies' support, such as the construction of schools, hospitals and roads. Communities are then involved in monitoring the terms of contracts and…

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Added by EITI on May 28, 2018 at 13:11 — No Comments

Privacy on GOXI, what you need to know as a member

When you sign up for GOXI, you join a Community of Practice of professionals such as yourself, interested in governance of extractive industries. As such, the GOXI team tries to make it easy for members to connect and interact. We also strive to protect your privacy and make our community a safe space where knowledge exchange can flourish.

As many of you know several data protection laws and regulations are being…

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Added by Norma Garza on May 26, 2018 at 0:41 — No Comments

News round-up: offshore scandals in West Africa, the new conflict mineral and more

A semi-regular round-up of the latest news re: the extractive sector and transparency. You can also read the post, with images and GIFs, here.

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Added by Alice Powell on May 24, 2018 at 17:00 — No Comments

Improving livelihoods through cooperation and regulation in small-scale mining? - Mining Cooperatives in Western Liberia

In April 2018, 15 miners were awarded with a certificate making them the third cooperative in Liberia. The eleven men and four women from Kawallahum, close to the Sierra Leonean border, formed the “Mano River Kongo Mining & Agricultural Multipurpose Cooperative Society”. As licensed diamond miners, they were trained on how to (financially) manage and lead a cooperative over the past two months.…

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Added by Kim Rahel Schultze on May 24, 2018 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

Jonas Moberg to step down as the Executive Director of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

Jonas is the first Executive Director of the EITI. He established the EITI International Secretariat in Oslo. The International Secretariat supports the implementation of the EITI across the world. Prior to the EITI, governments and companies did not regularly disclose revenues. Since its inception, USD 2.4 trillion has been disclosed by EITI countries along with other information about the governance of the whole extractives sector in over 50 countries.

Fredrik Reinfeldt,…

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Added by EITI on May 23, 2018 at 13:00 — No Comments

The Responsible Mining Index is not a responsible mining index

The Responsible Mining Index came out a few weeks ago and it’s a very interesting read and resource. It’s already helped me in my research and I am very glad for it’s existence. If you’ve not yet checked it out, do. It’s well thought through, gathers lots of information which is attractively presented and in so doing makes widely accessible useful and interesting information. So far, well done.

It is not, however, an…

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Added by Tomas Frederiksen on May 18, 2018 at 15:30 — 5 Comments

Talking Points: Marange Diamond Mining Under ZCDC

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Added by Mukasiri Sibanda on May 15, 2018 at 7:32 — No Comments

Challenging Cultural Norms in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Crucial to Improving Women’s Economic Empowerment

Women who work in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) face economic, decision-making, legal and institutional exclusions due to cultural norms. This is the finding of a new report from the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF).

ASM is a complex and diversified sector, ranging from informal individual miners seeking a subsistence livelihood to…

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Added by IGF Secretariat on May 14, 2018 at 18:07 — No Comments

Beneficiarios Finales en el Perú, ¿y en las Industrias Extractivas, cómo vamos?

La transparencia en materia de beneficiarios finales se encuentra (por fin) en la agenda nacional. Y no es para menos, pues, al día de hoy, el Perú no cuenta con una definición de beneficiarios finales en ninguna norma con rango de ley. 

Dos intentos de regulación legislativa se vienen dando en lo que va del año y tienen el objetivo de luchar contra la evasión y elusión fiscal tributaria y el lavado de activos…

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Added by Jaqueline Terrel on May 13, 2018 at 12:38 — No Comments

Urgent: Free our colleague Ali Idrissa, jailed for doing his job

by Elisa Peter, Executive Director, Publish What You Pay

La version française ici: http://www.publishwhatyoupay.org/fr/urgent-liberez-ali-idrissa/

Our colleague and friend, Ali Idrissa, is in jail. By using spurious charges against him for the third time, the government of Niger pursue their disgraceful harassment of the anti-corruption movement. I urge them to see sense and free Ali and…

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Added by Publish What You Pay on May 11, 2018 at 16:10 — 1 Comment

Tanzanian Mining-sector Governance in the context of “Magufuli the Unexpected”

Governance can be thought of, generically, as "the lateral and inter-institutional relations in administration.." (p.235) or, alternatively, the "manner through which power is exercised in the management of a…

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Added by daniel gilbert on May 10, 2018 at 12:00 — No Comments

Did you miss any of the 2017-2018 Goxi Learning Series? Highlights and links here

The Governance of Extractive Industries (Goxi) Learning Series was one of our flagship events.  This initiative was a partnership between the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency,…

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Added by Jasmin Blessing on May 9, 2018 at 16:00 — No Comments

How to ensure communities living near mining activities get a better deal

How to ensure communities living near mining activities get a better deal

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Ross Harvey, South African Institute of International Affairs

The South African government and the…

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Added by Ross Harvey on May 8, 2018 at 11:19 — No Comments

New Discussion Paper on Sub-National Payments in Kenya's Oil Sector

This paper aims to give an overview of revenue benefit sharing in the context of Kenya’s oil development in Turkana. It outlines the importance of revenue sharing; what the different proposed formulas may mean with respect to the cash value of transfers to sub-national levels; assesses absorptive capacity of Turkana county as this has been put forward as justifying the proposed revenue sharing formula as contained in the current Bill and concludes with recommendations for both national and…

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Added by Gilbert Makore on May 8, 2018 at 11:12 — 1 Comment

OGP and the EITI – creating a transparency circle

Yellow: OGP Countries, blue: EITI countries, purple: EITI-OGP countries.

Since its inception, the Open Government Partnership (OGP) has encouraged its resource-rich members to commit to joining the EITI. NRGI carried out a review of commitments made under the…

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Added by EITI on May 8, 2018 at 9:49 — No Comments

UK’s overseas territories to have beneficial ownership registers

On 1 May, the UK parliament voted to accept an amendment to the sanctions and anti-money laundering bill on Tuesday that requires the UK’s overseas territories to publish public registers of company ownership by the end of 2020. The territories include Anguilla, Bermuda, British…

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Added by EITI on May 7, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments

How to Measure the Success of Your Sustainability Strategy

Measuring progress on sustainability is a complex task as it’s always hard to see the value of an intangible asset. However, even if they’re still not quite obvious to everyone yet, intangible assets are as impactful as tangible assets to business profitability.

Stakeholders now ask organizations to be socially and environmentally sustainable, as well as to adhere…

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Added by Alexandra Truchot on May 4, 2018 at 17:21 — No Comments

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