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Featured Blog Posts – September 2015 Archive (14)

Delivering the promise (II): Macroeconomic choices and natural resource revenues in West Africa

Some considerations on the options available to resource rich West African countries to turn extractive revenues into human development outcomes.…

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Added by pietro toigo on September 30, 2015 at 20:05 — No Comments

Tome una acción significativa para el desarrollo: ¡cámbiese a nuevos anillos de boda!

publicado originalmente aqui: http://www.responsiblemines.org/es/blogs/entry/nuevos-anillos-boda

Cuando se mira de cerca el costo ambiental de la extracción de oro y se compara con su utilidad, se concluye que es mejor dejar el mineral en la tierra y usar oro reciclado o un mineral alternativo cuando sea posible.

La minería es esencial para nuestras vidas. No hay desarrollo económico sin…

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Added by patrick schein on September 29, 2015 at 14:22 — No Comments

Catastrophic failure of public trust - mining in Goa, India

Two of my recent papers examine minerals from the viewpoint of the owners. This is different somewhat from most analysis that conflate the right of government to tax mining/minerals, and the rights and obligations of governments as owners of minerals. In India, while the federal government has most of the rights of taxation, and also sets the royalty rates, it is mostly the sub-national governments who legally own the minerals, in trust on behalf of the people and future…
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Added by Rahul Basu on September 22, 2015 at 18:13 — No Comments

A New Mining Code in Burkina Faso: What Does It Entail for Mining Companies?

Last June, Burkina Faso’s transitional parliament nearly unanimously (77 legislators on 78 in favour) passed a new mining code that will ensure communities benefit more from the country’s raw materials. This new code – which replaces former mining regulations of the past 12 years – was among the World Bank’s requirements for an investment of $100 million to support the West African country’s development. In addition to the mining code, the country also passed an anti-corruption law last…

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Added by Sarah Busque on September 22, 2015 at 17:00 — No Comments

Does Azerbaijan's State Oil Fund Promote Long-Term Fiscal Sustainability?

The State Oil Fund of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOFAZ) was created in 1999 to promote macroeconomic stability, preserve oil revenues for future generations and channel Azerbaijan’s resource wealth into more productive assets.

However, SOFAZ’s contribution to effective resource revenue management and long-term economic development remains questionable: transparency applies only to the…

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Added by Kenan Aslanli on September 21, 2015 at 22:21 — No Comments

Take significant action for development: switch to new wedding rings!

Originally published here: http://www.responsiblemines.org/en/blogs/entry/switch-new-wedding-rings

When you have a closer look at the environmental cost of gold extraction and balance it with its usefulness, you conclude that you would rather leave it in the earth’s crust and use recycled gold or an alternative metal when possible.

Mining is essential to our lives. There is no economic…

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Added by patrick schein on September 21, 2015 at 21:30 — No Comments

What does oil price volatility mean for Africa's oil producers?

Goldman Sachs predicted earlier this month that the oil price could fall as low as $20 a barrel. While many analysts have questioned whether this could actually happen, it reflects a growing sense of acceptance among oil watchers that the low prices could be here for some time to come. What does this mean for Africa’s oil producers? For Chad and Ghana, two of the countries I studied for my recent book ‘Africa’s New Oil; Power, Pipelines and Future Fortunes’ (…

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Added by Celeste Hicks on September 21, 2015 at 14:14 — No Comments

Oil Exploration in Kenya: Success Requires Consultation

New Report on Community Perceptions of Oil Exploration in Turkana County, Kenya

 

Between September and December 2014, Cordaid together with the Turkana Natural Resource Governance Hub (a coalition of Turkana-based civil society organizations (CSOs), carried out a qualitative baseline assessment in Turkana County to gain a better understanding of the perceived community impacts and benefits of oil exploration and related stakeholder dynamics. Through a…

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Added by Jeroen De Zeeuw on September 11, 2015 at 21:27 — 1 Comment

Conflict Minerals in DRC: How Our Role as Consumers Can Make a Difference



Did You Know Your Electronic Devices Probably Support Conflict Minerals?


Yes, you read right. Your smartphone could be the cause for war, genocide and other crimes against humanity.…

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Added by Sarah Busque on September 11, 2015 at 20:06 — 1 Comment

Tanzania Government bans issuance of mining licences to minors

THE Tanzanian Ministry of Energy and Minerals has warned that children under 18 years are not allowed to be registered as shareholders when applying for mining licences.

An official of the ministry, Ms Nuru Shabani, sounded the warning here during a training for small-scale and artisanal miners on the newly introduced Online Mining Cadastre Transactional Portal (OMCTP).…

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Added by Bill Feast on September 8, 2015 at 15:58 — No Comments

Mining and traditional livelihoods in a changing climate in Mongolia

In 2014, Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining implemented a project, funded by the Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research, to identify risks from climatic changes for Mongolia’s two primary economic sectors – mining and herding and build in-situ capacity in these sectors to adapt to changing conditions with a view to reducing the resulting loss and damage (L+D) through both incremental and transformative changes. By bringing together these key economic enterprises, the project…

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Added by Byambajav Dalaibuyan on September 8, 2015 at 5:21 — No Comments

Here is what you need to know about China’s new Conflict Minerals Guidelines

In July, RCS Global met with the China Chamber of Commerce of Metals, Minerals & Chemicals Importers and Exporters (CCCMC) in Beijing to discuss efforts to ensure conflict free sourcing. CCCMC has over 6’200 members across the entire mineral supply chain, including the majority of Chinese smelters and refineries supplying international value chains.

 

Earlier this year, CCCMC published Guidelines for Social Responsibility in Outbound Mining Investments (the Guidelines). The…

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Added by RCS Global on September 7, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

Can spatial planning count as crucial land uses are competed out in mining communities in Ghana?

Source: spatial planning- TU Delf

Land use and rural and or urban forms are increasingly defined by recent trends of globalization. Weak planning and enforcement in the face of urbanization, upsurge of land grabbing, population growth among others, have been identified as contributing to the…

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Added by Francis Agbere on September 5, 2015 at 13:22 — No Comments

NEWS: Victory for Oil Transparency Advocates as Federal Court Sides with Oxfam America

Victory for Oil Transparency Advocates as Federal Court Sides with Oxfam America

September 2, 2015 By Oxfam

 

SEC ordered to expedite long-delayed Dodd-Frank oil…

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Added by Isabel Munilla on September 3, 2015 at 22:47 — No Comments

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