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How to facilitate the disclosure of local procurement payments in mining

Piece originally posted on the blog of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative



The EITI requires mining companies in implementing countries to report taxes and revenue payments made to the government in a standardised format. However, companies’ payments for the procurement of goods and services – in most cases the single largest…

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Added by Jeff Geipel on December 2, 2018 at 5:25 — No Comments

Small-scale gold mining in Africa: An updated estimate of gold production and mercury emissions

Hello GOXI community,

The Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining Sector in Africa has grown steadily over the past decade, despite rises and falls in the international gold value. I wrote and shared this short (4pg) briefing note at the recent Conference of…

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Added by Daniel Stapper on December 1, 2018 at 18:06 — No Comments

Is the Democratic Republic of Congo’s New Mining Fiscal Regime Up to the Task?

This blog is republished with the authorization of NRGI. The original blog post was published here: https://resourcegovernance.org/blog/democratic-republic-congo-new-mining-fiscal-regime-task

The increasing use of renewable energy technology is driving major demand for minerals such as copper and cobalt, a key ingredient in electric…

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Added by Thomas Lassourd on November 28, 2018 at 8:00 — 1 Comment

Why an integrated response is needed to mainstream biodiversity best practices across the mining sector

Mitigating the environmental impacts of Large-scale Mining (LSM) has long been a priority on international conservation agendas. Risks to biodiversity posed by Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) receive comparably less attention, despite the severity of direct, indirect and cumulative impacts. Is ASM considered unmanageable and therefore slips down agendas? Could initiatives currently working on ASM join up their approaches to…

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Added by Levin Sources on November 27, 2018 at 13:00 — 1 Comment

Will India be first?

In a blog post, The Future We Need examines whether the Government of India will be the first to treat minerals as as hared inheritance, wealth that future generations have an equal right over. Will India be the first to adopt a 21st century mineral policy?…

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Added by Rahul Basu on November 24, 2018 at 17:30 — No Comments

Mining in the deep-sea bed: are we ready?

Full blog available at: https://www.iied.org/mining-deep-sea-bed-are-we-ready

International law designates the deep seabed as the “common heritage of mankind”, but poorly regulated mining could cause irreparable damage to such a fragile ecosystem. Erika Solimeo and Brendan Schwartz argue that the International Seabed Authority needs a moratorium on mining extraction licences.

Added by Brendan Schwartz on November 23, 2018 at 14:22 — No Comments

On Malawi's Mines and Minerals Bill

Malawi’s long-awaited Mines and Minerals Bill is expected to be tabled this sitting of parliament. But key changes still need to be made.

The law was drafted on the back of a loan from the World Bank. In 2015, those of us labelled ‘stakeholders’, i.e., miners, activists, academics, chiefs, civil servants and parliamentarians, gathered at Capital Hotel to review the draft. Amid mint chewing and buffet eating, we proposed over 140 changes to the Bill for consideration by the consultant,…

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Added by Rachel Etter-Phoya on November 21, 2018 at 15:32 — No Comments

New report from Publish What You Pay Australia and ActionAid Australia

Towards Transparency is a timely new report from PWYP Australia and ActionAid Australia on the proposed new payments-to-governments reporting law for Australian-listed and -incorporated oil, gas and mining companies. Australia has one of the largest global extractive presences of any country, with Australian Stock Exchange-listed extractive companies present in 106 countries, and more extractive companies operating on the African continent than any other home…

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Added by Miles Litvinoff on November 21, 2018 at 12:15 — No Comments

Video of the Turkana Catalyst Initiative

Summary

The Lundin Foundation’s ‘Turkana Catalyst Initiative’ is a business accelerator and seed financing programme that works as a feeder fund for social impact investors: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bceRZzZ2WM. This project to support local businesses in Turkana County, northern Kenya, was funded through DFID’s ‘Kenya Extractives Programme’ (K-EXPRO) and managed by Oxford Policy…

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Added by Mark Essex on November 21, 2018 at 7:13 — No Comments

Auditor General’s Report: Accountability Issues For The Diamond Company

Introduction

The quest to bring improved transparency and accountability in the management of Marange diamonds – scandalously known for “missing $15 billion” birthed the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC). As the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA), an organisation with solid interest in resource governance, we are compelled to sift the latest Auditor General’s report to have a better understanding of how well or bad is ZCDC managed for the…

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Added by Mukasiri Sibanda on November 17, 2018 at 11:34 — 1 Comment

Ex4Dev18 workshop at Surrey Business School highlights importance of collaboration and use of data for sustainable development of mining

EX4DEV18 MINING WORKSHOP DEMONSTRATES THE IMPORTANCE OF COLLABORATION AND USE OF DATA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

A photography competition may seem trivial, but one of the most effective ways to challenge false perspectives of women working in mining is to show them actively engaged onsite and in a variety of roles.

This was the message of Deborah Craig, a Board Director of…

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Added by James McQuilken on November 16, 2018 at 15:00 — No Comments

Reversing the Resource Curse 2019 now open for applications

Reversing the Resource Curse 2019

1-9 April 2019, School of Public Policy, Central European University, Budapest

Applications close: 26 November 2018

 

The course

This is an…

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Added by Sidra Khalid on November 14, 2018 at 19:53 — No Comments

The Extractives Hub takes exciting new data visualisation live

Dear Colleauges,

The Extractives Hub is excited to bring you a brand new feature – interactive charts and graphs showing you how different countries manage their natural resources. Click through to the Hub’s Country Information page to explore your…

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Added by Gokce Mete on November 13, 2018 at 15:38 — 1 Comment

The complexity of Mining Land Compensation and Ground Rent Payments in Ghana

Land acquisition for any purpose has been difficult in many parts of the world. The situation is worst when it comes to acquiring land for mining and other commercial activities, apart from paying to obtain the land for a certain period, one also pays compensation for any property of commercial or culturally value. Annual ground rents are also paid to institutions and land owners. This article divulges the complex nature of land acquisition and compensation processes mining companies go…

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Added by Felix Adaania Kaba on November 13, 2018 at 2:27 — 3 Comments

BHP, Others Increase Scrutiny of Subcontracting Corruption Risks

Rob PitmanKaisa Toroskainen

At the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Copenhagen last month, Geoff Healy, chief external affairs officer of global mining giant BHP, …

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Added by Robert Pitman on November 10, 2018 at 18:30 — No Comments

Righting the many wrongs at Peru’s polluted oil Block 192

Indigenous leaders living adjacent to petroleum block 192 in northern Peru are standing up to industry interests. Photo: Julie Byrnes / Oxfam in Peru

Industry interests have trampled on indigenous rights for decades in the Amazon. Does a recent victory for prior consultation signal a departure…

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Added by Andrew on November 9, 2018 at 0:33 — No Comments

EITI Board recognises Papua New Guinea’s achievements in improving natural resource governance

Papua New Guinea achieves meaningful progress in EITI implementation, but further institutional reforms are necessary.

At its meeting in Dakar on 30 October 2018, the EITI Board decided that Papua New Guinea (PNG) has made meaningful progress in implementing the EITI Standard. The Board recognised PNG’s efforts in implementing reforms to address weaknesses in government systems and in improving the level of transparency on state participation in the country’s extractive…

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Added by EITI on November 7, 2018 at 8:29 — No Comments

EITI Board recognises Papua New Guinea’s achievements in improving natural resource governance

Papua New Guinea achieves meaningful progress in EITI implementation, but further institutional reforms are necessary.

At its meeting in Dakar on 30 October 2018, the EITI Board decided that Papua New Guinea (PNG) has made meaningful progress in implementing the EITI Standard. The Board recognised PNG’s efforts in implementing reforms to address weaknesses in government systems and in improving the level of transparency on state participation in the country’s extractive…

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Added by EITI on November 7, 2018 at 8:29 — No Comments

EITI week in Dakar: Highlights of the Board meeting

The EITI Board members and around 100 stakeholders gathered in Dakar for the 41stEITI Board meeting, ahead of 250 participants attending the three-day Opening Up Ownership: Africa conference on beneficial ownership, co-hosted by the EITI and the Government of Senegal.

Senegal – new resource-rich country on the block 

“In Senegal,…

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Added by EITI on November 7, 2018 at 8:27 — No Comments

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