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The Ethical Jewelry Exposé: Lies, Damn Lies and Conflict Free Diamonds




Exposé by Fairtrade Gold pioneer jeweler with 22-years in the business reveals how the emerging “responsible & ethical jewelry” narrative hides a range of social and environmental atrocities.



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Added by Marc Choyt on October 17, 2018 at 22:00 — No Comments

On Malawi's stolen minerals

On Malawi's stolen minerals


Added by Rachel Etter-Phoya on October 17, 2018 at 20:30 — No Comments

EITI Board Appoints Mark Robinson as new Executive Director

OSLO, Oct. 15, 2018 – The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative’s (EITI) Board today announced that Mark Robinson has been named executive director of the EITI. Currently the global director of the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Governance Center, he will assume his position at the end of November 2018.

“Mark Robinson is a widely respected figure in the international development community, spanning the worlds of policy-making, research and philanthropy,” said Chair of the…


Added by EITI on October 16, 2018 at 9:44 — No Comments

'Gender Safeguards for the Kimberley Process' Open for Consultation Now

How can a fairer mineral system empower women and create more opportunities for us all?

In March 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution seeking alignment between the work of the Kimberley Process and the Sustainable Development Goals. The Kimberley Process value chain has a lot of potential to make a positive impact on gender equality through its existing work.

Levin Sources was commissioned jointly by the European Commission and the…


Added by Levin Sources on October 15, 2018 at 18:18 — No Comments

Nalaikh Mining Education Centre

By Mendee Jargalsaikhan and Julian Dierkes

The 25th of December 1922 was a very important date in Mongolian history. It was the day that the first government-operated coal mine at Nalaikh was re-opened. This was the birth of industrial mining, with all its ancillary industries, but also the birth of the town of Nalaikh and of the Mongolian proletariate.

The 100th anniversary of this momentous occasion should be celebrated.

We suggest that the celebration focus…


Added by Mendee Jargalsaikhan on October 12, 2018 at 20:45 — No Comments

'We’re seeing enormous changes in the contract transparency landscape'

Rob works as a governance officer for NRGI, where he leads organisational advocacy and research on contract transparency and manages the use of the Natural Resource Charter as a tool to structure analysis and dialogue. He is a co-author of the Natural Resource Charter Benchmarking Framework.

We spoke with Rob on the sidelines of the EITI’s gathering of key partner organisations, dedicated to discussing priorities for strengthening extractive industry governance,…


Added by EITI on October 10, 2018 at 16:00 — No Comments

Closed Mines as Sites of Learning and Engagement in Japan

Japan is well known for its lack of mineral resources. However, interestingly, the Japanese domestic mining industry played a crucial role in the nation’s industrialization and modernization in the 19th and the first half of the 20th century. The country even exported gold, copper and other mineral products.

In September 2018, I had a scoping visit to two mine areas closed in the 1970s to explore how these mine sites are maintained as sightseeing and learning centres, as part of a…


Added by Byambajav Dalaibuyan on October 8, 2018 at 1:26 — 3 Comments

First things first; Government should sort out uncollected fees and royalties

Variances in gold export declarations by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) and the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) continue to stress a missed opportunity in Uganda’s mineral resources. The Office of the Auditor General’s 2016/17 report highlights an 8,674.719kgs variance between the MEMD declaration (16.281kgs) and the URA record (8,691kgs). Similarly, the 2015/16 financial year highlighted a variance of 5,223kgs of Gold exports between the 93kgs of gold awarded export…


Added by Acomai Isabella on October 7, 2018 at 8:44 — No Comments

Lessons from foregone mineral opportunities – the imperative for diversification in Ghana

Recent events in mineral-producing countries, namely Zambia as of late, are shedding renewed light on whether mineral producers have adequately linked their resources to broader socioeconomic development, or whether an opportunity has been missed. Communities with significant mineral reserves have long wrestled with how to make the most of these endowments – how to establish employment-generating industries that build on these reserves both upstream and downstream along the value…


Added by John Sloan on October 5, 2018 at 15:46 — 1 Comment

Civil Society and Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Nigeria

The “resource curse” syndrome otherwise known as paradox of plenty phenomenon in resource-rich countries such as Nigeria where revenues accruing from the extractive sector - oil, gas and solid minerals fuels corruption, social conflicts, civil wars and political instability rather than supporting socio-economic and sustainable development. Most of these resource-rich nations are plagued with various forms of social, economic and political problems due to lack of transparency and…


Added by Kazeem on October 2, 2018 at 11:13 — 1 Comment

Gender & Extractives News: September

A regular round-up of the latest news and resources regarding the intersection between extractive governance, environmental justice, and gender issues. As always, visit my site to see the post in full, or to subscribe to these round-ups.

News from around the world

  • Indigenous women are headed to Washington D.C. this week to…

Added by Alice Powell on September 27, 2018 at 15:46 — No Comments

What Participation? DistinguishingWater Monitoring Programs in Mining Regions Based on Community Participation

CIRDI's Program Manager Andre Xavier and colleagues from the University of British Columbia prepared a paper on Participatory Water Monitoring.


The paper is also being published in the …


Added by Andre Xavier on September 26, 2018 at 21:16 — 1 Comment

Mining Women Workers Remain In Extreme Poverty


Bolivia, un país cuya historia está llena de aciertos y desaciertos en el manejo de la actividad minera aunque la minería siempre fue vista con mirada masculina, las mujeres juegan un rol por demás importante en el desarrollo minero.

Históricamente las mujeres siempre han formado…


Added by Ana Maria Aranibar Jimenez on September 26, 2018 at 16:04 — No Comments

New PWYP UK study explores UK EITI and mandatory payments data variances


Publish What You Pay UK has published Comparing UK EITI and Mandatory Payments to Governments Data for 2016, an assessment of payments to the United Kingdom government made in 2016 as reported by oil, gas and mining companies operating in the UK. PWYP UK’s 12-page report compares data released via the …


Added by Miles Litvinoff on September 26, 2018 at 15:09 — No Comments

ASM18: Placing the voices and visions of women artisanal and small-scale miners at the heart of policy discussions

Set against the backdrop of the Victoria Falls, the voices and visions of small-scale miners were placed centre-stage at the ACP–EU ASM18 conference in Livingstone, Zambia (11th–13th September)

Over 500 delegates from more than 70 countries, and crucially over 150 miners, spent three days discussing their visions for the future of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) and quarrying – low-tech, labor…


Added by James McQuilken on September 25, 2018 at 20:33 — No Comments

SONA: Do I Smell A Breath of Fresh Air on Mineral Resource Governance Reforms?


A country that is endowed with diverse and significant mineral wealth is crippled…


Added by Mukasiri Sibanda on September 25, 2018 at 15:30 — No Comments

CRAFT: a path toward responsible sourcing and progressive improvement in artisanal mining

The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) and RESOLVE have released a code to facilitate increased responsible sourcing from artisanal miners, while contributing to improved social and environmental performance of artisanal and small scale mining sector.

Artisanal miners produce 20% of the world’s gold, but the complexities of risk management for artisanal sources often deter refiners, brands, and other customers committed to responsible supply chain management.…


Added by Natalia Uribe on September 19, 2018 at 15:30 — No Comments

Tax Incentives Can Puncture Efforts To Revamp Service Delivery


Added by Mukasiri Sibanda on September 19, 2018 at 10:42 — No Comments

New law brings stability in mining sector, says Rwanda mines board CEO

Government published a new law on mining and quarry operations on August 13, 2018, which some industry players say is anti-business and should be reviewed. But the mines board, the sector regulator, says the new law is business-friendly and seeks to transform the sector, ensure stability, and attract new investors. Stephen Nuwagira spoke to Francis Gatare, the Rwanda Mines, Petroleum & Gas Board CEO and Cabinet member, to discuss the new law. Excerpts;

The new law…


Added by Nuwagira Stephen on September 18, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments

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