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University of Edinburgh Dissertation Research: Chinese Copper Mining in Zambia

Hello all,

My name is Avery Grau I am a graduate student at the University of Edinburgh. I am currently looking for research for my dissertation.  I am looking at the relationship between China's position in Zambia’s copper mining industry and how this has contributed to the rise in anti-Chinese sentiments in Zambia, in particular I am looking at social unrest in the form of strikes and protests and political discourse. If anybody has any suggestions on possible research suggestions…

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Added by Avery Grau on April 13, 2015 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Business Case for Disclosing Payments to Governments by Commodities Trading Companies

The EITI’s recently published paper on EITI reporting by state-owned, National Oil Companies (NOC) and oil traders provides an important perspective on why the EITI can play a role in bringing transparency and accountability to oil trades on both sides of the transaction.



In some jurisdictions, the commodities trading industry is under pressure from advocates and policy makers to adopt…

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Added by RCS Global on April 10, 2015 at 14:57 — No Comments

Give us geological data for better mining: Miners call.

The availability of necessary geological information and education to small scale miners can lead to better ways of small scale mining to change attitudes for sustainable mining activities in the sector.

Government and other stakeholders have therefore been called upon to put in place initiatives that will offer the necessary education and information about a concession to assist better mining activities and allow miners to evaluate the amount of resources…

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Added by seibik bugri on April 9, 2015 at 10:47 — No Comments

CSR21 Land Citizenship - Mining—Inclusive Investment for a New Triple Bottom Line

By Joseph Kirschke

The biggest mining super-cycle in recent memory, beginning in the early 2000s and fueled by unprecedented emerging market growth, is now history: Headcounts have been slashed, fleets parked and exploration budgets flattened, with profits falling 71% to $20 billion by 2013. This year, with the plunge of copper – and most base…

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Added by Joseph F. Kirschke on April 8, 2015 at 23:19 — No Comments

Shell, BG and keeping the lights on in Tunisia

What it would be really interesting to know is: how far is Tunisia's government aware today that it will shortly have a new business partner in keeping the lights on in the country?

The announcement that Shell is acquiring the BG Group is certainly global business news. A result of falling oil prices and higher costs, the pressure on some companies with less capital and the highest profile example of consolidation that market analysts in London, New York and who knows where else have…

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Added by Johnny West on April 8, 2015 at 14:52 — No Comments

IHRB/ Nairobi Process: Security and Human Rights Briefing Paper

We are pleased to share with you a briefing paper published by the Institute for Human Rights and Business as part of the Nairobi Process. The paper looks at the security and human rights implications of oil and gas exploration in Kenya and the key issues involved.

It also sets out practical recommendations for Kenyan stakeholders to address the challenges, drawing on international lessons from Ghana, Nigeria and Colombia in promoting adherence to…

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Added by Kelly Davina Scott on April 8, 2015 at 13:17 — No Comments

Six Reasons Why Sovereign Wealth Funds Should Not Invest or Spend at Home

Developing, capital-scarce countries need domestic investment. Governments in countries such as Angola, Mongolia, and Timor-Leste must invest in education, health and infrastructure like roads, ports, electricity, water and sanitation systems if they hope to achieve middle- or high-income status in a sustainable and balanced way. What’s more, oil-, gas- and mineral-rich countries have access to large (yet finite) sources of income that can be used to boost domestic…

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Added by Andrew Bauer on April 8, 2015 at 5:38 — 1 Comment

Testing a Small UAS (Drone) for Mapping Artisanal Diamond Mining in Africa

In June 2014, the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) tested a small unmanned aerial system (UAS) or "drone" in an artisanal diamond mining region in Guinea. The work follows many years of USGS/USAID/US State Department efforts focused on supporting implementation of the Kimberely Process in Central and Western Africa.  

We recently had an article published in Photogrammetric Engineering &Remote Sensing (PE&RS) which…

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Added by Peter Chirico on April 3, 2015 at 15:46 — No Comments

Engaging with society – ICMM releases Annual Review 2014

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has released its Annual Review 2014 - Engaging with society.

The theme of this year’s review picks up from the previous annual review’s focus on strengthening relationships with communities. It examines the progress we are making on building this strategic priority into our work programs and other activities.

"ICMM has been instrumental in supporting…

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Added by ICMM on April 2, 2015 at 12:55 — No Comments

Call for Researchers and Peer Reviewers for the Resource Governance Index 2016

Are you a skilled researcher with strong knowledge of the extractive industries? The Natural Resource Governance Institute is retaining consultants to support the data gathering process for the Resource Governance Index 2016. We are especially looking for locally-based consultants from the 79 countries that the Index will cover in its next iteration.

Learn more:…

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Added by Anna Hasemann on April 2, 2015 at 10:39 — No Comments

EITI week in the Congos - High activity around Board meeting in Kinshasa and Brazzaville in mid-April

EITI week in the Congos

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Added by EITI on April 2, 2015 at 11:38 — No Comments

Natural resources and public investment

Here you will find a short note (in Spanish) I wrote about the relation between natural resources and public investment: http://invepub.com/2015/01/06/recursos-naturales-e-inversion-publica/

In the coming days I will post an article on the policy opportunities and threats posed by the oil price plunge.

Added by Juan D. Gutiérrez-Rodríguez on April 2, 2015 at 3:09 — No Comments

Public modeling can drive "keyhole surgery transparency"

Open financial models can clearly put analysis into a genuinely independent public space, and also trigger a rise in public understanding which could enrich the governance debate in many countries.

But there is a third function public…

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Added by Johnny West on April 1, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

Put Small Scale Mining in 2016 Manifesto’s Ghana's Political Parties told.

 The Artisanal and Small Scale Mining (ASM) Africa-Network (ASMAN) has called on political parties in the country particularly the two major political parties (National Democratic Congress & the New Patriotic Party) to make the development and growth of the Small Scale Mining Sector an issue of priority in their Manifesto’s in the upcoming 2016 general elections.…

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Added by seibik bugri on April 1, 2015 at 7:30 — No Comments

New International Guideline on Social Impact Assessment

A new guideline on social impact assessment is now available from the International Association for Impact Assessment. The guidance is the culmination of a number of years of work led by Prof Frank Vanclay. 
You can access the guideline here:
Please feel free…
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Added by Daniel Franks on March 31, 2015 at 11:36 — No Comments

The Mining Industry’s surprising turn to Solar and Wind Energy

By Joseph Kirschke | (Informed Comment)

When mining professionals the world over descended on Toronto’s 2015 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Convention (PDAC) at the beginning of March, the investment outlook at one of the industry’s most important events was dim . A global economic slowdown and a glut of metals and minerals for construction, infrastructure and energy on the Chinese mainland also cast a long shadow over budgets for sustainability – an increasingly…

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Added by Joseph F. Kirschke on March 31, 2015 at 4:30 — No Comments

Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF), March 2015 Newsletter

 

IGF NEWSLETTER                                                                                              MARCH 2015

 

Dear Friends and Members of the IGF:

 

The Secretariat is pleased to present you with the latest monthly…

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Added by Arash Irantalab Tehrani on March 30, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

Are Ghanaian Journalists failing the fight?

By Seibik Bugri, Accra  

Stakeholders with keen interest in the governance of extractive industries and how resources therein are used have bemoaned the seeming lackadaisical attitude of Ghanaian Journalists towards the sector and pressed home the urgent need for them to double their efforts in throwing more light on to the sector.

Members of the Institute of Financial and Economic Journalist (IFEJ) and other extractive reporters do not…

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Added by seibik bugri on March 29, 2015 at 20:42 — No Comments

Public Interest Modeling: the entry point to transparency work, not its grand finale

Models are powerful tools. So powerful in fact that the discussion of whether they should be unleashed into the public space has sometimes been accompanied by a discussion of the “dangers” of doing so – reminiscent of the first debates around the idea of transparency itself.

General thinking has been that models are a stage to aspire to, to work up towards - perhaps because they involve a degree of technical complexity, and because they have…

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Added by Johnny West on March 27, 2015 at 14:43 — No Comments

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