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Natural Resources for Sustainable Development: The Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mining Governance (facilitated MOOC)

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), the World Bank and the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) are pleased to announce that enrollment for the massive open online course on Natural Resources for Sustainable Development: The Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mining Governance, starting on September 10, 2018 is now…

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Added by Lisa Sachs on August 15, 2018 at 21:46 — No Comments

OGEL Call for Papers: Special Issue on The Energy Union in the Next Decade

We would hereby like to draw your attention to a call for papers for an OGEL Special Issue on "The Energy Union in the Next Decade".

Prof. Giuseppe Bellantuono and researcher Kaisa Huhta will be editing this Special Issue of Oil, Gas & Energy Law (OGEL, ISSN 1875-418X, www.ogel.org)

The political agreement on the Clean Energy…

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Added by OGEL Journal on August 14, 2018 at 13:34 — No Comments

TDM Call for Papers: "The Changing Paradigm of State-controlled Entities Regulation: Laws, Contracts and Disputes"

We're pleased to announce this Special Issue of Transnational Dispute Management (TDM, ISSN 1875-4120, www.transnational-dispute-management.com) titled "The Changing Paradigm of State-controlled Entities Regulation: Laws, Contracts and Disputes". 

Editors: Christophe Bondy, Prof.…

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Added by OGEL Journal on August 14, 2018 at 13:30 — No Comments

Finding the Missing Millions: a new handbook for using revenue data from the extractive industries

Thousands of oil, gas and mining companies now publish details about the payments they make to governments, such as taxes and royalties, wherever they operate in the world. The disclosures result from hard-won legislation in the EU, Canada and Norway, and from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).

These payments amount to hundreds of billions of dollars a year…

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Added by Dominic Eagleton on August 13, 2018 at 15:37 — No Comments

The Draft Responsible Gold Mining Principles and Communities

A few days ago I attended a consultative roundtable discussion on the World Gold Council’s draft Responsible Gold Mining Principles in Johannesburg. Whilst one cannot actually say that the event was well attended, the few of us who were there for the whole event were there to fully participate and we were accorded sufficient time to raise our concerns. It was also a significant improvement (compared to how these consultative processes normally go) to see (very vocal) affected community…

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Added by Gwendolyn Wellmann on August 7, 2018 at 16:49 — No Comments

Registration and paper submission for EX4DEV18 workshop is now open

Harnessing the Extractive Industries for Development in sub-Saharan Africa 2018 (EX4DEV18) is a student-led interdisciplinary workshop and networking event designed to share research and foster opportunities for collaboration. The theme for 2018 is ‘challenging false perspectives in mining’.

Held at the University of Surrey, the day is organised around three panels comprising presentations from PhD…

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Added by James McQuilken on August 7, 2018 at 9:19 — No Comments

The 4 Maturity Levels of Organizations for Data Management of Stakeholder Engagement Activities

Embracing new data management technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) can support the implementation of best practices in the context of social and environmental performance for corporations with multiple sites. It’s also become necessary to manage social performance data, which has become such an important factor to assist proactive and strategic decision-making.

The challenges of an interconnected world

 

Today’s world is interconnected.…

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Added by Sarah Busque on August 6, 2018 at 19:57 — 2 Comments

Improving community oversight of local development through contract transparency

Creating a level playing field for all companies in Mali

The Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Mali coalition and the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) have made numerous calls for the publication of mining contracts. They are doing this because publication of contracts will help improve the monitoring of revenues received by local government and ensure that companies comply with their social and environmental commitments. Studies by both PWYP and the OAG show that a formalised…

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Added by EITI on August 2, 2018 at 12:03 — No Comments

Beneficial Ownership Disclosure in Indonesia: Close the Loops for Advancing Governance

Panama Papers which revealed the hidden wealth of global leaders and politicians, including 1,038 of Indonesian taxpayer, shows that corporations are prone to misuse for money laundering practices. As a global understanding, that perpetrator misuse corporation to hide and conceal the origin of asset, and most of the perpetrator identified as beneficial owner. Therefore, beneficial ownership disclosure is urgent to be implemented in Indonesia, particularly to expose and deal with the…

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Added by Publish What You Pay Indonesia on July 26, 2018 at 5:35 — No Comments

TDM Call for papers: Special Issue on the Modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT)

Freya Baetens, Ilija Mitrev Penusliski, Martins Paparinskis, and John Gaffney invite you to contribute to a Transnational Dispute Management (TDM, ISSN 1875-4120, www.transnational-dispute-management.com) Special Issue on the "Modernisation of the…

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Added by OGEL Journal on July 24, 2018 at 13:30 — No Comments

Call for papers for on the legal aspects of the “Social Licence to Operate"

Dear Goxi members,

I would like to draw your attention to the attached call for papers for the special issue of Oil, Gas & Energy Law (OGEL, https://www.ogel.org/) on the legal aspects of the “Social Licence to Operate (SLO) in the Extractive and Energy Sectors” to be edited by Dr. Jędrzej Górski, Ms Gokce Mete and Hon. Christine Trenorden, available at:…

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Added by Dr Gokce Mete on July 24, 2018 at 13:09 — No Comments

Bettercoal launches revised Assurance System for responsible Coal Mining

London, 23 July 2018 – Bettercoal launched today its fully revised Assurance System which supports the delivery of the Bettercoal Standard. This is based on the Bettercoal Code which assesses the performance of coal mining companies and is designed to foster a…

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Added by Irena Popa-Antohi on July 23, 2018 at 16:26 — No Comments

Why the EITI does not stop at recommending contract transparency

This blog first appeared in the EITI blogs platform on 23 July 2018 in English and Spanish.

Transparency of contractual terms is important but to understand if the right tax is coming in, you…

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Added by Jaqueline Terrel on July 23, 2018 at 13:00 — No Comments

IGF Guidance on Local Content Policies for the mining sector released!

We are pleased to announce the release of IGF Guidance on Local Content Policies for the mining sector! 

The document sets out a step-by-step approach to help the decision-making process regarding the design of local content policies to encourage:

(i) Local procurement of goods and services

(ii) Direct employment of locals or disadvantaged persons

(iii) Downstream linkages (i.e., processing of extracted…

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Added by Isabelle Ramdoo on July 19, 2018 at 17:20 — No Comments

New study on social management practices in the Peruvian mining industry

The Center for Mining and Sustainability Studies (CEMS) at the Universidad del Pacífico in Lima has published a  report on the results of the Center's 2017 survey of social management practices in the Peruvian mining sector. 

The study, which was funded by Peru’s National Society of Mining, Oil and Energy (SNMPE), used a 112-item questionnaire to collect data directly from mining company members of the Society.  The 26 companies that responded account for 80 - 85 % of Peru’s mining…

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Added by David Brereton on July 19, 2018 at 3:00 — No Comments

Amulsar Independent Advisory Panel Releases First Report

The Amulsar Independent Advisory Panel, consisting of seven Armenian and international sustainability experts, released its first annual report in Yerevan on 22 May 2018 in response to stakeholder requests.

The Panel was established in 2017 with a remit to monitor the social and environmental performance of the Amulsar project, to engage with the project sponsor Lydian International and with the project’s local and national stakeholders, and to hold the project…

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Added by Amulsar IAP on July 16, 2018 at 17:08 — No Comments

Resettlement Impact Assessments and Women

At the May 2018 International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) annual conference, I presented some results of ongoing research which look at the impact on women affected by land acquisition for the purposes of development. It is clear that women’s rights to tenure are often ignored, that women are often not included in the consultation processes around access to land, that women’s crops are often ignored during the valuation process, and that women are not included when cash…

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Added by Gwendolyn Wellmann on July 16, 2018 at 15:04 — No Comments

Myanmar’s Economic Future Hinges on Reforming State-Owned Enterprises

By Andrew Bauer and Arkar Hein

This commentary first appeared as an op-ed in The Myanmar Times on 16 July 2018.

State-owned enterprises (SOEs) play dominant roles in Myanmar’s economy. Collectively, they generate about half the government’s revenue, spend half the government’s budget, and regulate…

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Added by Andrew Bauer on July 16, 2018 at 12:52 — No Comments

Opening Up Extractives Contracting to Deter Corruption: What We’ve Learned

Gavin Hayman, Rob Pitman and Amir Shafaie

Increasing transparency, boosting the role of business, and deepening civic engagement in government contracting are powerful ways to deter fraud and corruption, craft better agreements, build trust, and promote a more competitive business environment. But how can we apply these principles to natural resource contracting, where big-ticket projects can be worth billions of dollars?…

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Added by Robert Pitman on July 14, 2018 at 2:30 — No Comments

How Did Fiscal Rules Hold Up in the Commodity Price Crash?

Fiscal rules—permanent quantitative constraints on government finances—are an important tool to help mitigate the macroeconomic challenges associated with managing natural resource revenues. Partly inspired by successes in managing resource revenues in countries such as Chile, Peru and Norway (countries that have established fiscal rules and have abided by these budgetary constraints for over a decade), more countries have been adopting such rules.

 

We reviewed the use of fiscal…

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Added by David Mihalyi on July 13, 2018 at 15:40 — No Comments

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