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Featured Blog Posts – November 2015 Archive (24)

Getting to “no” in mining and community consent

When it comes to community consultation policies, mining companies are moving in the right direction – but one thing continues to be a sticking point: the ability of communities to say “no.”

I don’t really think it’s up for debate that “no” means “no”. Unfortunately, when it comes to mining companies and indigenous communities, the jury may still be out.

These days, it’s relatively common for mining companies to discuss and make commitments to respect community…

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Added by Emily Greenspan on November 30, 2015 at 23:01 — 4 Comments

Colombia extractive industry advances transparency

Companies, government and civil society work together in Colombia to embed transparent management of the sector.

Tomás González Estrada, Ministerof Energy and Mines, Maria Isabel Ulloa, Deputy Minister of Mining, Jonas Moberg Head of the EITI International Secretariat, Fabio Velazquez, CSO…

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Added by EITI on November 27, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

Elections in Africa

What impact can the EITI implementation processes have on better governance in these times of change?

Voter getting her finger inked after…

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Added by EITI on November 27, 2015 at 13:01 — No Comments

Exit from aid in resource-rich countries

Exit from aid in resource-rich countries

Degol Hailu, Senior Advisor and Chinpihoi Kipgen, Research Associate

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

You would expect dependence on Official Development Assistance (ODA) to fall as countries increase their export of oil, gas and minerals. Intuitively, the additional foreign exchange and taxes earned from the sale of commodities would reduce the relative importance of ODA.

However,…

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Added by Degol Hailu on November 26, 2015 at 14:30 — 1 Comment

Three stories on Odisha's iron ore mining boom.

M. Rajshekar, a development journalist with Scroll.in, an Indian journalism startup, just wrote a three part series on iron ore mining in eastern India, the skewed outcomes that engendered, and the complicity of the state government. 

Do see:

1. On how Thriveni Earthmovers became the largest iron ore mining contractor in Odisha"…

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Added by Rahul Basu on November 24, 2015 at 15:22 — No Comments

One Year Since Malawi's Government Started Reviewing Oil Exploration Licences and Agreements

One year ago, on 18 November 2014, the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining announced that the Government was reviewing all exploration licences for oil and gas and any agreements signed with companies. The companies were told to cease operations until the review was complete. The review is yet to be…

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Added by Rachel Etter-Phoya on November 20, 2015 at 20:00 — No Comments

African Journalists Deepen Extractives Knowledge In Redesigned Learning Course

By George Lugalambi and Toyin Akinniyi  ~

With over a decade of journalism experience, Xinhua News Agency senior correspondent Justice Adoboe is far more experienced than the typical NRGI media trainee. In covering the complex extractives space, however, Adoboe said he has room to grow. NRGI trainers, meanwhile, discovered the course itself had to grow and change. “The saying goes that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” Adoboe said. “But here … we old dogs…

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Added by Kwami Ahiabenu on November 17, 2015 at 17:16 — No Comments

The open data map of oil concessions extends to 18 countries in the Middle East

OpenOil is happy to announce the second stage of the world’s first open data map of oil concessions – the Middle East and North Africa. The addition includes 18 jurisdictions across the region, from Oman and Iraqi Kurdistan in the east to Algeria and Morocco in the West, making a total now of 53 jurisdictions and 3,400-odd blocks in the map as a whole. We are on course to add another 50 countries around the world by the end of the year.

We have also upgraded the…

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Added by Anton Rühling on November 16, 2015 at 18:15 — No Comments

Civil Society and the Extractive Industries

Here's an intelligent piece by the World Bank's Charles Feinstein on the most recent meeting of the Board of the EITI. It's fair, balanced and celebrates a number of important plus-points of the event. It also starts with the word 'Tension' and ends with the following warning: 

"EITI is at a cross-roads and...more work needs to be done to reach long-term solutions to put…

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Added by Eric Joyce on November 15, 2015 at 0:00 — 6 Comments

A partnership in Burkina Faso to educate and train practitioners on the implementation of mining best practices

Boréalis today announced a second partnership in West Africa, this time with Burkinabe firm Teng Tuuma Geoservices (TTG). This partnership is happening a few months after the reform of the mining code and will contribute to the development and promotion of good practices for the mining industry in Burkina Faso; an industry that boomed over the last decade with the opening…

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Added by Sarah Busque on November 13, 2015 at 15:09 — No Comments

The need to balance global trade with local content pushes in the extractive sector

Originally posted 2 November 2015 on E15 Initiative and ICTSD.



As the 10th Ministerial Conference of…

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Added by Jeff Geipel on November 13, 2015 at 11:09 — No Comments

RCS Global progresses work on the IGF ASM Management Guidance

RCS Global’s collaboration with the Inter-Governmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) in developing the IGF Guidance for Governments on Managing Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) was a core piece of the agenda at the IGF’s 11th Annual General Meeting from October 27 to 29, 2015 in Geneva. We delivered a well-received workshop on the ASM Management Guidance, which was a key milestone in the further development of the Guidance into…

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Added by RCS Global on November 10, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments

The “resource curse” or economic transformation: local content policies and realising the potential of hydrocarbon reserves

On 15 October, ARI hosted a debate on how Africa’s extractive industries can be leveraged to spur economic diversification. The governments of established hydrocarbon producers such as Nigeria, and newcomers like Kenya, are taking proactive steps to realise the potential of natural resources through local content policies. International oil and gas companies also increasingly recognise the need to invest in local value-addition; provide opportunities for training, employment and…

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Added by Africa Research Institute on November 10, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

2015 Wrap up for responsible sourcing and conflict minerals

We recently started a series of gossip calls with one of our clients – swapping stories from responsible sourcing before getting down to business. It’s been fun, illuminating and interesting – so we thought we would share the picks of the bunch that suggest where the sector is moving over the next year. …

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Added by RCS Global on November 10, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

Sign up for online training in how to model extractives projects!

OpenOil is pleased to announce an online training for financial modeling of extractives projects. Sign up to learn the basics of how to model revenue flows, investor returns and fiscal regimes of oil and gas projects!

Beginning on Friday November 13th, there will be five weekly Google Hangouts which walk…

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Added by Johnny West on November 6, 2015 at 14:51 — No Comments

What has Philosopher Theodore Zeldin got to do with public interest financial modeling in the extractives sector?

Twenty years before I got into the world of extractive industries governance I studied Economics at university (Edinburgh, UK).  Albeit not for very long: my Masters was in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) and I decided to major in Politics, so that amounted to four years of study, rather than the other ‘P’ or the ‘E’, which only got two years of study (all concurrently).  And, yes, I am that old. 

I mention this both in the context of…

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Added by daniel gilbert on November 6, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

How to manage the extractives sector? There’s a book for that!

by Håvard Halland, World Bank co-authors:…

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Added by Norma Garza on November 5, 2015 at 0:30 — No Comments

Illegal mining in the Amazon countries

This is a descriptive piece on policies that seek to tackle illegal mining in some Amazon countries. The document is only available in Spanish at the moment but country-specific parts of it  are being published elsewhere as academic papers. If you have any inquiries about it don't doubt to contact me.Illegal Mining Technical Report

Added by Paul Cisneros on November 4, 2015 at 16:08 — No Comments

A partnership in Senegal to promote responsible mining practices in West Africa

Boréalis today announced its recent partnership with Senegalese company Geomin. For the Canadian-based software company, this first alliance in Senegal will bring new opportunities to mining projects that wish to operate in respect of best practices and international standards. This new partnership reinforces Boréalis’ presence in West Africa and will promote Corporate Social Responsibility among local mining projects.

Geomin is a strategic partner with a deep understanding of…

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Added by Sarah Busque on November 3, 2015 at 17:00 — No Comments

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