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Featured Blog Posts – August 2018 Archive (18)

Malawi's journey to full contract transparency

Writen by Rachel Etter-Phoya

The Government of Malawi formally committed to disclose all oil, gas and mining contracts in December 2015 at a Malawi EITI stakeholders meeting in Lilongwe. At the meeting, the then Principal Secretary Ben Botolo responsible for mining said that all contracts were already available upon request at the…

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Added by EITI on August 28, 2018 at 14:30 — No Comments

The Early Oil Pilot Scheme: A Litmus Test of Kenya’s Oil Governance

Amid much pomp and fanfare, President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS) on the 3rd of June in Turkana. The Scheme entails the transportation of stored crude oil drawn from the testing oil wells; and the production of 2000 barrels of oil per day over a two-year period.

Tullow Oil has stated that the…

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Added by Gilbert Makore on August 28, 2018 at 11:22 — No Comments

Does bad company corrupts good character? A spatial econometric analysis of oil resource management in Africa

A widely held belief before the 1990s – referred to as the oil-blessing hypothesis – was that oil discovery and production should promote economic growth and development and lead to poverty reduction. However, the so-called ‘oil-curse’ hypothesis, postulated by Sachs and Warner in 1995, challenged this belief, thus provoking a heated debate on the theme. The oil-curse hypothesis has been traditionally tested by means of cross-sectional and panel-data models. The author goes beyond…

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Added by Ishmael Ackah, PhD on August 28, 2018 at 10:06 — No Comments

The boom, the bust, and the dynamics of oil resource management in Ghana

There is enough experience from around the world to show that translating oil discoveries through production to revenues and inclusive growth is not necessarily a linear process. Inclusive growth has been particularly difficult to achieve in many places, and Ghana has been no exception so far. Can Ghana escape a resource curse? Our view is that it can, provided that it implements fully as soon as possible, and more diligently, the regulations that it has…

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Added by Ishmael Ackah, PhD on August 28, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments

Rwanda's new mining law causes jitters among sector players

By Stephen Nuwagira

Rwanda has a new mining law designed to improve extractives sector governance, accountability, safety, and environmental protection. Gazetted on August13, 2018, the amended law on mining and quarry operations recommends hefty fines and jail terms for mining companies and individuals that contravene standards leading to worker injury, disability, incurable disease, or death. The law also scraps…

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Added by Nuwagira Stephen on August 28, 2018 at 8:32 — 1 Comment

You are invited- Forest-Smart Mining Side Event- Sept. 25 -9:30-11:30 AM- Scandinavia House, NYC

Please click the following link to register: …

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Added by Eva Gurria on August 24, 2018 at 21:00 — 1 Comment

SA Human Rights Commission Report on Socio-Economic Challenges in Mining-Affected Communities

The long-awaited South African Human Rights Commission Report of the National Hearing on the Underlying Socio-economic Challenges of Mining-affected Communities in South Africa has been released.  The hearings were held on the 13-14 September 2016, 26 and 28 September 2016, and 03 November 2016.

 

The main findings of the report are as follows:

 

There is a disjuncture between the intended impact of the comprehensive regulatory framework for the mining industry in…

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Added by Gwendolyn Wellmann on August 24, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments

Gender & Extractives: July/August

A regular round-up of the latest news and resources regarding the intersection between extractive governance, environmental justice, and gender issues. See the original post on my website.

News from around the world

  • Women in Turkana (Kenya) aren’t benefiting from oil extraction,…
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Added by Alice Powell on August 23, 2018 at 19:00 — No Comments

Check out the Research Group for Sustainable Impacts (RG-SI)

The Research Group for Sustainable Impacts (RG-SI) provides evaluation and other research consulting services to organizations and individuals who care about exploring, enhancing, or evaluating the sustainability and inclusivity of their programming or policy efforts using innovative, informed, and accessible research techniques.

At RG-SI, we value inclusion and sustainability in problem-solving…

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Added by Caitlin Corrigan on August 20, 2018 at 19:23 — No Comments

Poor Development in Ghana Mining Communities: Who is to Blame, the Mining Companies or the Government?

The state of Mining Communities in Ghana such as Obuasi, Tarkwa and Prestea do…

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Added by Felix Adaania Kaba on August 17, 2018 at 12:37 — 7 Comments

Natural Resources for Sustainable Development: The Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mining Governance (facilitated MOOC)

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), the World Bank and the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) are pleased to announce that enrollment for the massive open online course on Natural Resources for Sustainable Development: The Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mining Governance, starting on September 10, 2018 is now…

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Added by Lisa Sachs on August 15, 2018 at 21:46 — No Comments

OGEL Call for Papers: Special Issue on The Energy Union in the Next Decade

We would hereby like to draw your attention to a call for papers for an OGEL Special Issue on "The Energy Union in the Next Decade".

Prof. Giuseppe Bellantuono and researcher Kaisa Huhta will be editing this Special Issue of Oil, Gas & Energy Law (OGEL, ISSN 1875-418X, www.ogel.org)

The political agreement on the Clean Energy…

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Added by OGEL Journal on August 14, 2018 at 13:34 — No Comments

TDM Call for Papers: "The Changing Paradigm of State-controlled Entities Regulation: Laws, Contracts and Disputes"

We're pleased to announce this Special Issue of Transnational Dispute Management (TDM, ISSN 1875-4120, www.transnational-dispute-management.com) titled "The Changing Paradigm of State-controlled Entities Regulation: Laws, Contracts and Disputes". 

Editors: Christophe Bondy, Prof.…

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Added by OGEL Journal on August 14, 2018 at 13:30 — No Comments

Finding the Missing Millions: a new handbook for using revenue data from the extractive industries

Thousands of oil, gas and mining companies now publish details about the payments they make to governments, such as taxes and royalties, wherever they operate in the world. The disclosures result from hard-won legislation in the EU, Canada and Norway, and from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).

These payments amount to hundreds of billions of dollars a year…

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Added by Dominic Eagleton on August 13, 2018 at 15:37 — No Comments

The Draft Responsible Gold Mining Principles and Communities

A few days ago I attended a consultative roundtable discussion on the World Gold Council’s draft Responsible Gold Mining Principles in Johannesburg. Whilst one cannot actually say that the event was well attended, the few of us who were there for the whole event were there to fully participate and we were accorded sufficient time to raise our concerns. It was also a significant improvement (compared to how these consultative processes normally go) to see (very vocal) affected community…

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Added by Gwendolyn Wellmann on August 7, 2018 at 16:49 — No Comments

Registration and paper submission for EX4DEV18 workshop is now open

Harnessing the Extractive Industries for Development in sub-Saharan Africa 2018 (EX4DEV18) is a student-led interdisciplinary workshop and networking event designed to share research and foster opportunities for collaboration. The theme for 2018 is ‘challenging false perspectives in mining’.

Held at the University of Surrey, the day is organised around three panels comprising presentations from PhD…

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Added by James McQuilken on August 7, 2018 at 9:19 — No Comments

The 4 Maturity Levels of Organizations for Data Management of Stakeholder Engagement Activities

Embracing new data management technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) can support the implementation of best practices in the context of social and environmental performance for corporations with multiple sites. It’s also become necessary to manage social performance data, which has become such an important factor to assist proactive and strategic decision-making.

The challenges of an interconnected world

 

Today’s world is interconnected.…

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Added by Sarah Busque on August 6, 2018 at 19:57 — 2 Comments

Improving community oversight of local development through contract transparency

Creating a level playing field for all companies in Mali

The Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Mali coalition and the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) have made numerous calls for the publication of mining contracts. They are doing this because publication of contracts will help improve the monitoring of revenues received by local government and ensure that companies comply with their social and environmental commitments. Studies by both PWYP and the OAG show that a formalised…

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Added by EITI on August 2, 2018 at 12:03 — No Comments

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