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Featured Blog Posts – September 2016 Archive (33)

New Study: Assessing the Effectiveness and Impact of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)

On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany, the effectiveness and the impact of EITI has been evaluated by GIZ's 'Extractives and Development (X4D)' programme in a comprehensive study called 'Assessing…

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Added by Lutz Neumann on September 30, 2016 at 16:30 — 5 Comments

Leadership is Africa's Problem in Resource Benefits

Discussants at a just ended two-day Africa Oil Governance Summit in Accra have once again decried and painted a gloomy picture about the benefits of the oil find to the ordinary people, local small businesses not only in Ghana but elsewhere on the continent of Africa.

They identified greedy leadership as the biggest problem that is exhibited by those who are in-charge to ensure that oil wealth has a positive impact on the lives of the people.

Citing the case of…

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Added by seibik bugri on September 29, 2016 at 7:00 — No Comments

STRADE policy brief published on Mineral Exploration Expenditure; The EU’s weak Performance (Masuma Farooki)

The European Union’s strategy to tackle issues of access to raw materials in the EU (Raw Materials Initiative) focuses on three pillars, increasing access to raw materials in global markets, increasing supply within the EU and finally through efficient resource use.

The STRADE project, whilst looking at the second of these pillars, increasing supply from within the…

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Added by STRADE Project on September 28, 2016 at 15:01 — No Comments

"They Destroyed Everything": Human Rights Watch releases report on mining and human rights in Malawi

Today, ahead of the International Right to Know Day, Human Rights Watch (HRW) launched They Destroyed Everything”: Mining and Human Rights in Malawi” in Lilongwe, Malawi, today with 60 stakeholders. The report "documents…

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Added by Rachel Etter-Phoya on September 27, 2016 at 16:59 — No Comments

UNDP seeks a consultant for writing a Guidance Note

UNDP seeks an international consultant for writing a guidance note on "Strengthening Human Rights and Rule of Law in Environmental Public Administration of the Mining Sector". See consultancy details (duties and responsibilities) and the application process here…

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Added by Tiffany Challe on September 26, 2016 at 19:30 — No Comments

Environmental Protection and Corporate Social Responsibility by Mining Companies in the East and Adamaou Regions of Cameroon. French version attached.

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In the absence of local content legislation in Cameroon, the present report sought to evaluate corporate social responsibility and the protection of the environment by mining companies in the East and Adamaou Regions of Cameroon. Here…

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Added by Ngalim Bernard Yongabi on September 26, 2016 at 18:34 — No Comments

Weekly GOXI, September 26, 2016

 A weekly digest of activity on GOXI

What are the factors that help or hinder the effectiveness  of Supreme Audit Institutions in…

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Added by GOXI on September 26, 2016 at 13:14 — No Comments

The Voluntary Principles Initiative adopts Model Clauses for Agreements between Government Security Forces and Companies

Principles Initiative adopts Model Clauses for Agreements between Government Security Forces and Companies, an new best practice to ensure company security with respect for human rights. GOXI%20model%20clauses.docx 

Added by Egbert G. Ch. Wesselink on September 26, 2016 at 11:26 — No Comments

New publication: Increasing the effectiveness of trainings and capacity building programs: M&E, alumni engagement, and opportunities for coordination

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) is pleased to announce the public release of Increasing the effectiveness of trainings and capacity building programs: M&E, alumni engagement, and opportunities for coordination (available here).

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In October 2015…

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Added by Sam Szoke-Burke on September 24, 2016 at 1:54 — No Comments

Breaking the Norm: A wake-up call for Lebanese Civil Society

Mistrust, anger, accusations, secrecy, and frustration are but some of the vocabulary that civil society in Lebanon should feel pretty comfortable using when asked to describe the prenatal condition of its oil and gas sector.

Amidst the bickering of those entrusted with overseeing the smooth running of the nascent sector, the Lebanese public stands on the margins of sanity witnessing what might be their last chance of having a normal existence being torn to shreds by the jaws of the…

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Added by Diana Kaissy on September 23, 2016 at 12:49 — No Comments

Local Content Regulation and Inward Investment

Local Content Regulation as a Differentiator for Investors in Africa.  

Some of you might be interested in this recently published paper: Local Content Regulation as a Differentiator for Inward Investment in Africa (click on link above).  The paper compares six sets of LC regulations across Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra…

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Added by Dr Michael Warner on September 22, 2016 at 11:25 — No Comments

Report illustrates how sustainability certification schemes can help deliver positive outcomes in the mining and minerals sector

Greetings colleagues,

A report recently released by the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at The University of Queensland, Australia, explores the drivers for participation and the main design characteristics influencing the effectiveness of sustainability certification schemes in the mining and minerals sector.

This report identified that participants interviewed have varied expectations and ideas about the drivers for participation in certification schemes, and also…

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Added by Renzo Mori Junior on September 22, 2016 at 4:04 — No Comments

Drilling for Peace:The violent price of oil exploitation in the Middle East and North Africa

17 December 2010 marked the day when Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in the city of Sidi Bouzid; a desperate reaction against a corrupt government that took place in a resource-curse-ridden area of Tunisia.

On 27 January 2011, 16,000 Yemeni citizens took to the streets protesting Ali Abdallah Saleh’s corrupt rule of Yemen. Saleh was alleged to have amassed assets between $32bn and $60bn partly from his corrupt deals around gas and oil contracts where …

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Added by Diana Kaissy on September 21, 2016 at 19:23 — No Comments

A Right to Fossil Fuels? Pressure Mounts for Developing Countries to Leave Fossil Fuels in the Ground

On Nov. 2-3, the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) will host the 11th annual Columbia International Investment Conference, entitled “…

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Added by Lisa Sachs on September 21, 2016 at 4:51 — No Comments

Preventing Conflict in Resource-Rich Countries? Start with the Value Chain!

Extractive industries projects can have a transformational potential for a country’s development path, particularly if those resources are managed and invested effectively. Given the magnitude of many of these hydrocarbon or mining…

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Added by Mauricio O. Rios on September 20, 2016 at 20:32 — 4 Comments

Ghana’s New Petroleum (E& P) Act is Progressive Panelists Proclaim

Panelists at a day’s forum to evaluate the just passed Ghana’s Petroleum (Exploration & Production) Act  has largely described the law as Progressive that will maximize the needed fiscal dividends that will bring the desired benefits to the people.  But, were quick to add that there were still some few gaps that needed to be refined to make it perfect. Some were debt loading, mis-pricing, and valuation pricing.…

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Added by seibik bugri on September 20, 2016 at 13:02 — No Comments

CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST - 2016 MEDIA COURSE ON OIL, GAS AND MINING GOVERNANCE

The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) is calling for expressions of interest from journalists in GhanaTanzania, and Uganda interested in attending this year’s training program on governance of oil, gas, and mining. The training consists of a series of two core courses each lasting two weeks.

 The first course is a regional foundation workshop and will take place in Tanzania on October 17–28,…

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Added by Kwami Ahiabenu on September 19, 2016 at 20:00 — No Comments

Supreme Audit Institutions: The Guardians of Resource Governance

They go by different names but share the same higher principles. Most people don't know they exist but there they are, built into every national government, working tirelessly to ensure public resources are collected and spent as they were meant to be. They are supreme audit institutions, and they are the guardians of public financial management and natural resource governance. 

Last week, I had the honor of participating in the …

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Added by Dana Wilkins on September 19, 2016 at 15:56 — No Comments

ASM dialogue creates ambition for change in Ghana

A dialogue in Ghana presented a unique opportunity to bring stakeholders together and find solutions to realise the potential of small-scale mining...

IIED's first local artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) dialogue brought together more than 50 representatives from government, civil society, academia, and industry for a four-day workshop. It was a chance to experience the realities of small-scale mining, share perspectives, and work together to address some of the…

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Added by IIED on September 19, 2016 at 14:36 — 1 Comment

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