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October 2012 Blog Posts (26)

Extractives Contracts, Transparency & Community Benefits - JOIN THE CONVERSATION!

How can visibility into large government contracts help citizens in resource-rich countries see better development outcomes? How can community oversight positively influence the outcomes of resource agreements?

These are just a couple of the questions kickstarting a new online discussion for the next week hosted by the World Bank within its new Striking Poverty discussion space. Chris…


Added by Michael Jarvis on October 31, 2012 at 22:34 — No Comments

Understanding Oil & Gas Contracts


In late 2009, by way of Ugandan civil society vigilance and collaboration with international pressure groups, some Production Sharing Agreements that had been signed between the Government and the Heritage and Dominion oil companies leaked and on careful scrutiny, were found to be ‘bad’ for the citizens of Uganda. They, to use the words of the authors of the report, placed profit before…


Added by Lynn Turyatemba on October 25, 2012 at 16:54 — No Comments

ECDPM's new discussion paper out!

ECDPM is pleased to announce the release of its new discussion paper "From Curse to Purse: Making extractive resources work for development". The paper gives an overview of the impacts of minerals from Africa and provides elements of reflection to address the resource curse. 

Access the paper online on: www.ecdpm.org/dp136

Added by Isabelle Ramdoo on October 24, 2012 at 22:29 — No Comments


The last decade has seen the emergence of what has come to be known as resource nationalism, spreading like wild fire across resource-rich developing countries, particularly Latin America and Africa. Over the last five years the phenomenon has become even more intense, assuming the character of an economic revolution!

Resource nationalism explains the situation where there is a certain sense that a country deserves a lot more from its natural resource endowments. There is therefore a…


Added by RICHARD ELLIMAH on October 24, 2012 at 12:57 — 1 Comment

OGEL Call for papers: Offshore Petroleum Exploration and Production: Challenges and Responses - special

Oil, Gas and Energy Law Intelligence (www.ogel.org) invites submissions for a special issue on Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration and Production. The guest editors for this special issue are Dr. Sergei Vinogradov and Simon Amaduobogha, both from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of…


Added by OGEL Journal on October 23, 2012 at 14:43 — No Comments

Are accountants now the most important people in Big Oil?

It's always been a mystery to me why cost recovery, the process by which oil companies claim back billions of dollars in expenses from the governments of countries where they operate, is not formally part of EITI requirements. If EITI is supposed to capture all 'material' revenue flows between the companies and governments, why would it include a signature bonus of $50…


Added by Johnny West on October 23, 2012 at 9:42 — 1 Comment

A History of Oil - excellent podcast series

Available from Itunes or individual episode downloads here: http://historyofoil.typepad.com/

Added by Jeremy Weate on October 20, 2012 at 18:35 — No Comments

Zambia to move Mineral Rights System Online

Spatial Dimension is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a contract by the Zambian Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water to upgrade their existing Mining Cadastre System to a public facing online transactional system.

“The Mining Cadastre Office in Lusaka has been using FlexiCadastre for a number of years to manage all the back-office functions for the efficient administration of mineral rights. With the proposed amendments to the Mining Regulations, the Ministry wants to…


Added by Bill Feast on October 19, 2012 at 17:21 — No Comments

Upstream Petroleum Contracts: Where the "Rubber Hits the Road" in a Petroleum Regime

Zara Rahman's recent blog post described OpenOil's initiative to do a 'booksprint' to write a book about "How to Read and Understand an Oil Contract".  I am pleased to be a part of this initiative.  Let me…


Added by Jay Park, QC on October 19, 2012 at 17:00 — No Comments

Open Letter: to the EITI companies leading the fight against transparency

To EITI board members Mr Stuart Brooks of Chevron, Mr Alan McLean of Royal Dutch Shell, Ms Elodie Grant Goodey of BP, and Mr Guillermo Garcia of ExxonMobil:

Each of your companies is a member of the American Petroleum Institute (API), which …


Added by Amrit Naresh on October 18, 2012 at 17:00 — No Comments

Why Oil Companies Don't Get out of bed for less than 50 to 1

We often hear, in general terms, about how the oil industry is driven by the risk-reward dynamic. It lies behind the vexed question of what is a fair government and oil company take: governments say oil companies are ripping them off because they make billions on big fields, companies reply that they need those margins for all the other times they drill dry wells or other stuff happens that prevents them bringing the black stuff to market.

But reading through some modeling of…


Added by Johnny West on October 18, 2012 at 15:42 — 5 Comments

Towards more effective and sustainable corporate responses to artisanal mining – Part 1

By Nicholas Garrett


This is the first of two posts in which I will write about corporate artisanal mining responses. Artisanal mining, which remains an ill-defined and misunderstood phenomenon, is a reality in some of the most promising mining countries in the world.


Mining companies that are already or that may come into contact with artisanal mining need to take artisanal mining seriously, and develop and implement a response…


Added by RCS Global on October 17, 2012 at 19:00 — No Comments

ICMM presents "The role of mining in national economies" and "Trends in the mining and metals industry" as part of the Mining's Contribution to Sustainable Development Series

ICMM today launched two landmark publications - "The role of mining in national economies" and "Trends in the mining and metals industry". The publications were presented at a panel discussion chaired by ICMM President Anthony Hodge and featuring AngloGold Ashanti CEO, Mark Cutifani.

"We believe the mining…


Added by ICMM on October 17, 2012 at 16:30 — No Comments

So maybe our interest in oil contracts is about the money - a bit

So maybe our interest in contract negotiation business is about money after all. Last week, I read two different figures in such different contexts that at first I didn't think to put them together. First, while sorting out some papers I was listening to an old lecture by Jeffrey Sachs from the middle of the last decade, when he was making the case for…


Added by Johnny West on October 15, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

Women empowerment: in which ways???

Many people including women leaders and social workers are excited about women empowerment in development and under developed country. It is true that in those countries, there have been created many opportunities to empowered women and now women especially poor women of those countries are empowered themselves than last decades. Access in Micro finance and borrowing microcredit and getting working opportunity in garment sectors and another big or small industries or business and other…


Added by Suman Chowdhury Mony on October 15, 2012 at 12:04 — No Comments


The Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development has received funding from EU Mining Basket Fund for the review of legislation, and intends to apply part of the proceeds to the review of the Petroleum (Exploration and Production) Act of 2008 and the Petroleum (Exploration and Production) (General) Regulations of 2011.



The Government through the Geological Survey Department conducted basic prospecting for oil and gas in North Western, Western,…


Added by Bernadette Mwakacheya on October 15, 2012 at 8:53 — No Comments

Weekly GOXI: Week ending October 13, 2012


A weekly digest of activity on GOXI - Week ending October 13, 2012

Lutz Neumann's piece questioning the notion of "resource-rich countries" continues to draw thoughtful responses…


Added by GOXI on October 14, 2012 at 13:32 — No Comments

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