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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

IGF Issues State of Sustainability Review of Standards and the Extractive Economy

A new study from the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) and International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) highlights how multistakeholder, market-based voluntary sustainability initiatives (VSIs) can promote more sustainable production practices, often at the global level.

The report highlights environmental, social and…


Added by IGF Secretariat on September 12, 2018 at 14:27 — No Comments

Challenges and opportunities of environmental policy implementation: Empirical evidence from Ghana's gold mining sector

By Francis Xavier Dery Tuokuu, James S. Gruber, Uwafiokun Idemudia, Jean Kayira

Source: Resources Policy (2018).

While a number of studies that have examined the nature and impact of gold mining in Ghana have often identified environmental degradation as a major consequence of resource extraction, limited efforts have so far been directed at exploring the challenges and opportunities facing the implementation of environmental policies within Ghana's gold mining…


Added by Francis Xavier Dery Tuokuu on September 16, 2018 at 17:57 — No Comments

News & Natural Resources: August (and September so far)

A monthly round-up of the latest news relating to natural resource governance issues. You can also read the original version of this blog on my website.

News from around the world

  • Are Albertans receiving a fair share of the oilsands wealth? James Wilt…

Added by Alice Powell on September 10, 2018 at 16:54 — No Comments




The exploration of minerals in Nigeria by the artisanal method has occurred for over 2400 years from mining basic clays to base metals and gold. There have been popular culture in Nigeria that have…


Added by Paul Ogwu on September 8, 2018 at 4:29 — No Comments

Public Consultation on the Draft of the Revised Regional Certification Mechanism for the ICGLR

(Voir la version française ci-dessous)

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We request that all feedback forms be submitted to …


Added by Levin Sources on September 6, 2018 at 12:04 — No Comments

Malawi's journey to full contract transparency

Writen by Rachel Etter-Phoya

The Government of Malawi formally committed to disclose all oil, gas and mining contracts in December 2015 at a Malawi EITI stakeholders meeting in Lilongwe. At the meeting, the then Principal Secretary Ben Botolo responsible for mining said that all contracts were already available upon request at the…


Added by EITI on August 28, 2018 at 14:30 — No Comments

Does bad company corrupts good character? A spatial econometric analysis of oil resource management in Africa

A widely held belief before the 1990s – referred to as the oil-blessing hypothesis – was that oil discovery and production should promote economic growth and development and lead to poverty reduction. However, the so-called ‘oil-curse’ hypothesis, postulated by Sachs and Warner in 1995, challenged this belief, thus provoking a heated debate on the theme. The oil-curse hypothesis has been traditionally tested by means of cross-sectional and panel-data models. The author goes beyond…


Added by Ishmael Ackah, PhD on August 28, 2018 at 10:06 — No Comments

The Early Oil Pilot Scheme: A Litmus Test of Kenya’s Oil Governance

Amid much pomp and fanfare, President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS) on the 3rd of June in Turkana. The Scheme entails the transportation of stored crude oil drawn from the testing oil wells; and the production of 2000 barrels of oil per day over a two-year period.

Tullow Oil has stated that the…


Added by Gilbert Makore on August 28, 2018 at 11:22 — No Comments

The boom, the bust, and the dynamics of oil resource management in Ghana

There is enough experience from around the world to show that translating oil discoveries through production to revenues and inclusive growth is not necessarily a linear process. Inclusive growth has been particularly difficult to achieve in many places, and Ghana has been no exception so far. Can Ghana escape a resource curse? Our view is that it can, provided that it implements fully as soon as possible, and more diligently, the regulations that it has…


Added by Ishmael Ackah, PhD on August 28, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments

Rwanda's new mining law causes jitters among sector players

By Stephen Nuwagira

Rwanda has a new mining law designed to improve extractives sector governance, accountability, safety, and environmental protection. Gazetted on August13, 2018, the amended law on mining and quarry operations recommends hefty fines and jail terms for mining companies and individuals that contravene standards leading to worker injury, disability, incurable disease, or death. The law also scraps…


Added by Nuwagira Stephen on August 28, 2018 at 8:32 — 1 Comment

You are invited- Forest-Smart Mining Side Event- Sept. 25 -9:30-11:30 AM- Scandinavia House, NYC

Please click the following link to register: …


Added by Eva Gurria on August 24, 2018 at 21:00 — 1 Comment

SA Human Rights Commission Report on Socio-Economic Challenges in Mining-Affected Communities

The long-awaited South African Human Rights Commission Report of the National Hearing on the Underlying Socio-economic Challenges of Mining-affected Communities in South Africa has been released.  The hearings were held on the 13-14 September 2016, 26 and 28 September 2016, and 03 November 2016.


The main findings of the report are as follows:


There is a disjuncture between the intended impact of the comprehensive regulatory framework for the mining industry in…


Added by Gwendolyn Wellmann on August 24, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments

Gender & Extractives: July/August

A regular round-up of the latest news and resources regarding the intersection between extractive governance, environmental justice, and gender issues. See the original post on my website.

News from around the world

  • Women in Turkana (Kenya) aren’t benefiting from oil extraction,…

Added by Alice Powell on August 23, 2018 at 19:00 — No Comments

Check out the Research Group for Sustainable Impacts (RG-SI)

The Research Group for Sustainable Impacts (RG-SI) provides evaluation and other research consulting services to organizations and individuals who care about exploring, enhancing, or evaluating the sustainability and inclusivity of their programming or policy efforts using innovative, informed, and accessible research techniques.

At RG-SI, we value inclusion and sustainability in problem-solving…


Added by Caitlin Corrigan on August 20, 2018 at 19:23 — No Comments

Poor Development in Ghana Mining Communities: Who is to Blame, the Mining Companies or the Government?

The state of Mining Communities in Ghana such as Obuasi, Tarkwa and Prestea do…


Added by Felix Adaania Kaba on August 17, 2018 at 12:37 — 7 Comments

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…


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

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