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Reputable Mining Investors Wanted in Sierra Leone: How to Improve Integrity Due Diligence in Mining License Management

By: Alexandra Readhead


On the first anniversary of the Panama Papers, the National Minerals Agency (NMA) of Sierra Leone wants to know who it is doing business with. The NMA is the government agency responsible for issuing mining licenses.…


Added by Alexandra Readhead on April 10, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Energy Urgency: Why the Global Mining Industry is Embracing Renewables

In recent months, events across three continents showed how clean energy use by the mining industry, which consumes 11 percent of global energy, can mitigate climate change on a planet where 2,000 mechanized mines struggle with fuel prices, carbon emissions and ever-increasing logistical challenges.

Moreover, Hindustan Zinc Ltd. in India, Redavia Solar and IAMGOLD Corp. in Africa and Chile’s copper mining giants…


Added by Joseph F. Kirschke on April 6, 2017 at 5:05 — No Comments

How to manage revenues from extractives? There’s a book for that!

  Offshore oil and rig platform. Photo: © curraheeshutter / Shutterstock.

Countries with large nonrenewable resources can benefit significantly from them, but reliance on revenues from these sources poses major challenges for policy makers. If you are a senior ministry of finance official in a resource-rich country, what are the challenges that you would face and…


Added by Håvard Halland on February 8, 2017 at 1:26 — No Comments

In pictures: Dialogues and pilot projects for better ASM governance in Madagascar

GIZ Madagascar is running a dialogue process to improve governance in the country's artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector. Guest contributor Andry Rabemanantsoa gives a pictorial tour of their work to date.

The conservation and sustainable use of natural resources programme (Programme d'Appui à la Gestion de l'Environnement, PAGE) of…


Added by IIED on April 4, 2017 at 17:26 — No Comments

Is Tanzania’s export ban a high stakes game of poker with Acacia?

First published by Johnny West on openoil.net

Tanzania’s decision to impose a ban on concentrate exports from its mining industry has gained wide coverage among industry watchers. The question is: what does the government hope to achieve with it, and what will companies’ reaction be to it?

In this piece, we explore the possibility that the ban…


Added by Anton Rühling on April 4, 2017 at 10:18 — 5 Comments

African tax authorities equipped with tools to deal with transfer pricing issues

The African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) together with the Minerals and Energy for Development Alliance (MEfDA) and the World Bank, has delivered the first of two regional workshops on transfer pricing in Africa’s mineral sector.

The first workshop included senior decision makers from tax administration authorities, revenue agencies, and ministries of finance and mines.

Charles Akong of AMDC noted that “transfer mispricing represents one of the key issues which… Continue

Added by John Sloan on April 3, 2017 at 8:14 — No Comments

CfP - Disaster Risk Reduction

Dear colleagues,

Please see below for details.

Are you an academic, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) practitioner or a professor with expertise in DRR? If so, this message is for you!

Gravitazz Continental Initiative (GCI) is calling upon you to submit an abstract for the first ever Africa Conference on the Economic Cost of Disasters (Theme: The Role of the Private Sector in Disaster Risk Reduction) to be held in South Africa Pretoria between 23-25 October 2017. We are… Continue

Added by Audrey Cash on March 30, 2017 at 15:25 — No Comments

PRESS RELEASE: ACACIA Urged to be more transparent to Tanzanians



ACACIA should be more transparent to Tanzanians


Dar res Salaam, Tanzania – 30th March, 2017: A stop order issued by…


Added by Bubelwa Kaiza on March 29, 2017 at 22:30 — No Comments

Weekly GOXI: March 27, 2017

A weekly digest of activity on GOXI

Since 2008, the number of countries with contract disclosure laws has more than tripled. …


Added by GOXI on March 27, 2017 at 19:22 — No Comments

Brown Bag Lunch: Transfer Pricing in Extractives/ March 29, 2017 | 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM EST


The Energy and Extractives  GP of the World Bank

Invites You for

Brown Bag Lunch: Transfer Pricing in Extractives


Wednesday March 29, 2017  |  11:30 AM -…


Added by Ousmane Deme on March 27, 2017 at 18:52 — No Comments

Watchdog Urged Gov of Indonesia to Resolve Mining Non-Tax Revenue Arrears

Jakarta-Publish What You Pay Indonesia supports Directorate General (DG) of Mineral and Coal, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources to crack down mining companies which would not pay off the non-tax revenue arrears, either mining permits holder, Coal Contract of Work, and Contract of Work. MEMR is urged to be bold to impose special treatment, such as formulation of the black list of company, business permit revocation, and law enforcement.

National Coordinator of PWYP Indonesia,…


Added by Publish What You Pay Indonesia on March 20, 2017 at 11:47 — No Comments

From Aspiration to Reality: Unpacking the Africa Mining Vision


The Africa Mining Vision (AMV) is a policy framework that was created by the African Union in 2009 to ensure that Africa uses its mineral resources strategically for broad-based, inclusive development. Eight years after its inception, implementation has been slow and there is a low level of…


Added by Vanessa Ushie on March 20, 2017 at 10:19 — 2 Comments

Mongolia’s Crisis Averted—For Now

We have published a blog commenting on the announcement of an IMF bailout for Mongolia, which you can read here: 


Our findings build on the results from using our latest tool, a user-friendly macro-fiscal model to analyze how different shocks or policy changes - especially in the mining sector -  would impact the trajectory…


Added by David Mihalyi on March 19, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

Local Content and Extractives-led Local Economic Diversification at PDAC 2017

Many members of  GOXI were in Toronto earlier this month for the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) 2017 Convention. Building on the momentum of past Indaba events, the need for economic diversification, as well as local content were frequent topics of discussion in many of the sessions. Below is a list of four sessions including links to relevant reports and resources:


1. Integrating local content regulations: A win-win for communities and companies?…


Added by Jeff Geipel on March 17, 2017 at 21:49 — 2 Comments

Six steps forward for African mining

Reflecting on common themes emerging from Cape Town's Mining Indaba and the Alternative Mining Indaba 'counter-summit', Fitsum Weldegiorgis sets out six ways to keep momentum going, for driving a profitable African mining sector that also delivers for its people.

The …


Added by IIED on March 17, 2017 at 16:09 — No Comments

Analysis OF Energy Efficiency Practices of SMEs in Ghana: An application of Product Generational Dematerialisation

Analysis OF Energy Efficiency Practices of SMEs in Ghana: An application of Product Generational Dematerialisation

Reducing the amount of energy used in producing a given output is a cost-effective way of tackling global warming. In addition, energy efficiency promotes energy security and saves cost. This study is structured in three parts. First, the energy efficiency practices of small and medium…


Added by Ishmael Ackah, PhD on March 14, 2017 at 11:13 — No Comments

How Many Governments Are Disclosing Oil, Gas and Mining Licenses and Contracts?

It has been notoriously difficult for citizens in resource-rich countries to lay hands on extractive industry contracts and licenses between their governments and private sector extractive companies. But that seems to be changing.

For a new report, Past the Tipping Point?, Don Hubert and I reviewed contract disclosure practice and policy in more than 50 countries and…


Added by Robert Pitman on March 14, 2017 at 23:00 — 1 Comment

Kabwe: A New Optimism?

"Little Shop"​ in Kabwe - photo credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Store_in_kabwe.jpg

Kabwe is the capital of…


Added by daniel gilbert on March 14, 2017 at 11:20 — 3 Comments

To Toss a Coin or Shake a Hand: An Overview of Renewable Energy Interventions and Procurement in selected African Countries

To Toss a Coin or Shake a Hand: An Overview of Renewable Energy Interventions and Procurement in selected African Countries

Open and competitive bidding process (toss a coin) promotes transparency, efficiency and cost reduction as compared to direct negotiations (shake a hand). This paper provides an overview of renewable energy interventions in Angola, Algeria, Cote Dvoire, Ghana and Nigeria. Further,…


Added by Ishmael Ackah, PhD on March 14, 2017 at 11:09 — 1 Comment

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