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New Publication on Transparency and oil revenue governance

Illusionary Transparency? Oil Revenues, Information Disclosure, and Transparency

Abstract

Experience shows that discovery of valuable natural resources can become a curse rather than a blessing, and transparency has been identified as key to better resource governance because it can limit opportunities for corruption and mismanagement. This article shows that information disclosure, in which many governments and…

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Added by jerome jeffison ofori on July 21, 2015 at 13:30 — No Comments

EITI in the Americas: Bringing the EITI closer to citizens

Bringing the EITI closer to citizens

How transparency can enable a culture of dialogue and trust.…

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Added by EITI on July 20, 2015 at 14:34 — No Comments

The Extractives Dependence Index (EDI)

Here is the final paper: The Extractives Dependence Index (EDI)

Thank you goes to Bryan and Antipas for their valuable comments and insights here: …

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Added by Degol Hailu on July 20, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

Call for papers: OGEL special issue on "Energy Law and Policy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)"

Oil, Gas and Energy Law Intelligence (www.ogel.org) invites submissions for a special issue on "Energy Law and Policy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)". The guest editors of this special will be Professor A.F.M. Maniruzzaman, School of Law, University of Portsmouth and Yanal Abul-Failat, LXL LLP - contact details here …

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Added by OGEL Journal on July 16, 2015 at 13:55 — No Comments

New conflict minerals report details remarkable progress in conflict-free mining in DRC, Rwanda, Burundi

Today, Pact released a report detailing the state of conflict-free minerals in The Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. The report provides an in-depth look at traceability and due diligence, as well as on-the-ground progress and challenges.

Throughout Africa’s Great Lakes region, the international community has closely watched, and regulated, the extraction and sale of conflict minerals – tin, tungsten tantalum (3Ts) and gold – in the hopes of curtailing ongoing…

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Added by Cristina Villegas on July 15, 2015 at 20:05 — No Comments

Making Mining Work for Zambia: The Economic, Health, and Environmental Nexus of Zambia's Copper Mining Economy

Zambia's rich mineral resources are one of the country's most important assets. They contribute to national income, exports, employment and government revenue. As the country looks to the future, Zambia faces important choices on how to manage its mineral wealth. There are trade-offs in the design of the mining fiscal regime. Mining inevitably entails environmental and public health risks. Mining firms make choices about procurement that influences the…

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Added by Martin Lokanc on July 14, 2015 at 17:42 — No Comments

Mining contributes less that 1% to Malawi's GDP - Government of Malawi Annual Economic Report 2015

This post first appeared on Mining in Malawi.IMG_20150714_081613

Mining and quarrying contributed 0.9% to Malawi's Gross Domestic Product in 2014. Contributions are projected to remain below 1% for the next two years according to the…

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Added by Rachel Etter-Phoya on July 14, 2015 at 14:30 — No Comments

Designing Sustainability Certification Schemes for Greater Impact

Greetings colleagues,

The Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) at the University of Queensland has just published the first report of a research project looking into the effectiveness of certification schemes in the mineral industry and the potential role sustainability certification schemes can play to improve standards for responsible mining.

This report demonstrates that there is significant variation in how sustainability certification schemes in the mining…

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Added by Renzo Mori Junior on July 13, 2015 at 7:45 — No Comments

Guide Pratique: Mines & Communautés en Guinée -- Practical Guide on Mining & Communities in Guinea

[Version française suit]

I am delighted to announce that the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) has published the Practical Guide, Mining & Communities: Supporting human rights-based development in the context of industrial mining in Guinea, written for civil society organizations and local authorities. Working in partnership with Kabinet Cissé (ABA ROLI’s national consultant) and more than a dozen authors, especially those of Insuco, I was the…

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Added by Lien De Brouckere on July 7, 2015 at 0:08 — No Comments

A Glimmer of Hope from South Africa’s Mining Industry

Joseph Kirschke

Early this year, after three months of rolling blackouts managed to keep their country from total darkness, South Africa’s long-suffering people finally saw…

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Added by Joseph F. Kirschke on July 9, 2015 at 4:17 — No Comments

Nigeria Oil Sector Reforms: An Agenda for the Buhari Administration By Dauda Garuba

Nigeria recently welcomed a new government on after successful elections that were hailed as a triumph for democracy. After intense competition for the affections of voters, this is the very first time in Nigeria’s history that democratic power has been transferred by a ruling party to an opposition party.

However, in the midst of the funfair and glamour that characterized the handover ceremony, one big question remained on peoples’ lips: how does the new administration of…

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Added by Dauda Garuba on July 9, 2015 at 14:16 — No Comments

Why Weren't Governments Better Prepared for the Commodity Price Crash?

For interactive data tools, charts and the full article, please visit: http://www.resourcegovernance.org/news/blog/why-werent-governments-better-prepared-commodity-price-crash

by Andrew Bauer, NRGI Senior Economic Analyst, and David Mihalyi, NRGI Economic Analyst

Headlines about resource-rich economies faltering…

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Added by Andrew Bauer on July 5, 2015 at 18:27 — No Comments

OpenOil repository third edition: 723 contracts from 72 countries

We are happy to announce the third edition of the contracts repository, with 200 new contracts and 18 new countries. The repository now totals 723 contracts from 72 countries. As ever, the entire repository is available at a single click (4 gigabytes), or a cut down version (507 contracts, 1 gigabyte, 30 minutes on a fast connection). The…

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Added by Johnny West on July 2, 2015 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Sharing knowledge and expertise: what we learned on #shareASM day

On 25 June, 2015, IIED invited stakeholders involved in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) to share their work in this sector, using their own and IIED's online channels. 

Dozens of individuals and organisations responded, and their work and views were highlighted to tens of thousands of people across the world.

Round-up

A summary of the day's #shareASM activities is available on…

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Added by IIED on June 30, 2015 at 10:10 — No Comments

Dataset: Unlocking EITI Data for Meaningful Reform

While the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) has successfully increased transparency in the extractive sector over the last ten years, data from its reports are often underutilized by global and in-country actors. If this challenge is overcome, EITI reports could inform much more to policymaking and public debate, and thereby contribute to better governance and accountability in the oil, gas and mining sector.

One major…

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Added by Marie Lintzer on June 29, 2015 at 17:04 — No Comments

From Reporting to Reform: Eleven Opportunities for Increasing EITI Impacts

Under the EITI Standard, implementing countries are required to produce far more comprehensive reports than before; these go beyond revenue payments to include disclosures across the entire extractive industries decision chain. However, the objective of the Standard is not merely to generate more data, but rather that stakeholders will use the information to impact the governance of the sector. This…

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Added by Max George-Wagner on June 29, 2015 at 17:00 — No Comments

Civil Society representation on the MSG: A means to solidification or division

June 17th, 2003 witnessed the birth of the EITI initiative during a conference that included 140 representatives of countries, companies and civil society in Lancastar, London. For the first time, civil society was allowed to be core part of an initiative that can potentially reduce corruption, enhance transparency and allow it to hold its government accountable.[1]

May 23rd, 2013 the 6th EITI global conference is held and the new EITI…

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Added by Diana Kaissy on June 29, 2015 at 16:10 — 3 Comments

THE EITI Process in Iraq: How do we move from transparency into accountability.

Four EITI reports issued, 2 million USD spent during the process, and Iraq still has a long distance to cover before it can say that it is truly benefiting from the EITI process, i.e  using transparency to promote accountability, reform, and subsequently changing oil revenues into sustainable development.

On the 8th of June, and under the patronage of the Natural Resource Governance Institute, MENA office and in collaboration with the international secretariat of the EITI,…

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Added by Diana Kaissy on June 29, 2015 at 16:09 — No Comments

EITI best where it is most needed?

Nigeria’s EITI is more than a glorified audit.

Press conference following the Inter-Ministerial Task Team meeting: the…

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Added by EITI on June 23, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

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