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Featured Blog Posts – August 2016 Archive (29)

Troubled waters: Artisanal mining and livelihoods in Ghana

Fishing boats on the Pra River in southern Ghana, which has been polluted by nearby mining projects. (Photo: Julie Kim / Oxfam)

The problems with artisanal mining in Ghana are well-known, and I saw them first-hand. What’s missing in finding a solution?

This is the image I saw as soon as I got out of the car. We had just arrived in one of the coastal communities of Shama District in the Western Region of Ghana. As I looked around, I saw rows of fishing boats and canoes bobbing in milky brown water with men waist deep unloading their fishing catches from the boats. Nothing…


Added by Julie Kim on August 30, 2016 at 18:47 — 2 Comments

Formalizing Liberia’s Artisanal Mining Sector, A Step in the Right Direction

Making improved Artisanal Mining a priority: Liberia’s Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy launches a Regulatory Roadmap for the formalization of the West African country’s artisanal mining sector. The comprehensive policy document, based on a participatory consultative process and containing concrete and fully budgeted implementation activities, sets the course towards realizing both the revenue and the livelihood potentials of a…


Added by Jenkins Flahwor on August 30, 2016 at 11:27 — No Comments

Tanzania and Mozambique in the race for big gas money

Tanzania has estimated recoverable natural gas reserves of 57 trillion cubic feet. South of its border is Mozambique, which has 160 trillion cubic feet. Both countries are in the race to attract investors to develop their reserves with Tanzania last week setting itself…


Added by Semkae Kilonzo on August 29, 2016 at 16:30 — No Comments

Bear Creek amicus brief sought holistic legal interpretation

 Are a country’s obligations under international human rights law relevant in interpreting its potential liability in a lawsuit brought by a mining company under an investment treaty? Does a company’s responsibility to respect human rights come into play when assessing which of its 'expectations’ should be protected in an investment dispute? These questions are particularly important in the context of investment disputes that stand to affect the rights of third parties, as most disputes…


Added by Lisa Sachs on August 29, 2016 at 16:27 — No Comments

Crops or carats? The unattended tensions between miners and farmers

Artisanal small-scale mining in Africa competes for resources with farming. Shutterstock

The interaction between artisanal (small scale) mining and agriculture in Africa still needs to be carefully considered by policy makers to ensure that people’s livelihoods and countries' export revenues…


Added by Stephen Yeboah on August 24, 2016 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

Plagued with Problems: Mining Governance Update

Mining governance in Indonesia continues to be an issue effecting the environment and the economy. These issues stem directly from a total lack of transparency and accountability in the industry. Systemic corruption is a further challenge in need of tackling.

A main issue in the industry is the careless way that mining permits are issued. In 2014, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry estimated that over half of all mining licenses issued since the enactment of the Mineral and…


Added by Publish What You Pay Indonesia on August 24, 2016 at 10:09 — No Comments

With Mandatory Disclosures, More Open, Granular Oil Price Data

This blog was also posted on the Natural Resource Governance Institute website and the Open Oil website. It was written by David Mihalyi and Anton Rühling.

Many oil-rich countries’ governments reap…


Added by Anton Rühling on August 19, 2016 at 16:27 — No Comments

Sunshine rule set to shine light on oil & mining in Uganda

When Uganda announced the discovery of commercially viable oil reserves in 2006, local reactions were mixed.  Many were excited about the potential of the new government revenue stream to bring investment and rapid development to the country.  Others were skeptical that the oil would lead to widespread prosperity given the country’s history of graft, endemic misuse of public funds, and the poor track record of other resource-rich developing countries. Recent actions in the US and the…


Added by Kathleen Brophy on August 17, 2016 at 16:29 — No Comments

Company-Community Mediation in Complex Environments

Dear Colleagues:

The University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business is offering its Company-Community Mediation in Complex Environments - Advanced Training for Company-Community Professionals, 30 Oct - 4 Nov in Cape Town. Information and applications (due 16 Sep) are available here: http://www.gsb.uct.ac.za/e.asp?c=902


This is an advanced course for professionals who need to understand, prevent and resolve…


Added by Paul Kapelus on August 16, 2016 at 15:03 — No Comments

Sonangol and The Politics of Succession in Angola

Hi all,

I recently wrote a two-part blog post on the restructuring of Sonangol, Angola's national oil company, for the Review of African Political Economy. The post reflects on the reform context, content and implications for political-economic change in Angola.

‘Few African countries face perception challenges like oil-rich Angola. Conduct a quick Google search of stories on Angola and you would most likely be left with the impression that this is a country in a state of…


Added by Liliane Mouan on August 16, 2016 at 11:54 — No Comments

Weekly GOXI, August 15, 2016

A weekly digest of activity on GOXI

Imagine a world in which mines save money by using clean energy and supply power to local communities. That world is drawing ever closer, as…


Added by GOXI on August 16, 2016 at 1:24 — No Comments


ACEP’s batch of interns are due to complete their vacation / experience come Friday 12th August 2015. GODWIN APENU is among four interns who are currently at ACEP undertaking their internship. As part of ACEP’s corporate social responsibility, these opportunities are made available periodically to students who wish to broaden their knowledge within the Energy Industry and contribute to the better management of our natural resources. Godwin is a 3rd year Renewable Energy…


Added by Nana Owusu Sekyere on August 10, 2016 at 17:42 — No Comments

Our Online Extractives Governance Course: What We’ve Learned, What We’ve Changed and Why You Should Register

Megan Cassidy, Matteo Pellegrini and Lisa Sachs


Earlier this year, the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, the Natural Resource Governance Institute, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), with support from the World Bank, launched a free online course that allows anyone, anywhere to learn about how natural resources can be a catalyst, rather than an obstacle, to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. We gathered some of the…


Added by Lisa Sachs on August 10, 2016 at 15:11 — No Comments

Not Just Counting their Numbers: But Making Women Artisanal Miners Count


Africa’s artisanal mining sector—mining characterized by the use of rudimentary tools and labor-intensive techniques to extract minerals from the ground—is distinguished by its huge female workforce. In Africa, women make up an average of…


Added by Maame Esi Eshun on August 9, 2016 at 14:04 — 1 Comment

The resource curse of indigenous peoples

How the transparency agenda could reverse unjust exploitation of indigenous territories

Ivan Aribalov is an Evenki reindeer herder who lives on the vast steppes of the Sakha Republic in Siberia. His grandfather herded 14,000 domesticated reindeer, which he bred for clothes and food – a job their…


Added by Publish What You Pay on August 9, 2016 at 13:00 — No Comments

East Africa oil and gas education and training priorities

Getenergy visited Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique ahead of our Getenergy VTEC Africa event in Dar es Salaam on the 21-23rd November. Here are some of the key findings from our meetings.


The Government leads, and is largely responsible for skills development related to oil/gas in Uganda, supported by individual IOC initiatives. The recently formed Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC) will become…


Added by Virginia Baker on August 8, 2016 at 11:58 — No Comments

Weekly GOXI, August 8, 2016

A weekly digest of activity on GOXI

Under what conditions should Canadian aid work with private sector partners? First of all, do no evil, argues Jeff Geipel. …


Added by GOXI on August 8, 2016 at 11:18 — No Comments

Using Aleph to build cash flow models – the example of Vaca Muerta, Argentina

This is part 1 of a series of blogs on how to use Aleph, the OpenOil search engine for Extractive Industries Corporate Filings. In the following you can learn about finding project economics data, exemplified on the Vaca Muerta formation in Argentina.

The Vaca Muerta formation - background and context

Argentina holds the…


Added by Iliusi Donaji Vega del Valle on August 7, 2016 at 15:15 — No Comments

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