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Come and get it! OpenOil launches first open API for data on oil rights

OpenOil is pleased to announce what we believe is the first open API applied to oil extraction rights around the world: the 20,000 “blocks”, “fields” and “concession areas” (we'll get into naming problems a little lower down) from some 69 countries involving some 2,142 unique corporate structures as operators and contractors.

We hope this Application Programming Interface is a significant step towards a formal, open data…


Added by Johnny West on May 22, 2015 at 12:38 — No Comments

Petroleum Pulls the Purse Strings: Implications of Low Oil Prices for the Nigerian Economy By Akpan Ekpo, Dauda Garuba and Max George-Wagner

The price of oil, the commodity that more than any other determines the fortunes of Nigeria, has fallen over 50 percent since June 2014. The country’s 37 billion barrels of oil reserves are now significantly less valuable than before. Previous slumps in prices have spelt disaster for Nigeria and other oil-dependent countries, leading to depleted government coffers, painful fiscal cuts and reduced economic growth. What will be the impact for…


Added by Dauda Garuba on May 21, 2015 at 19:00 — No Comments

EU parliament in surprise vote for 'conflict minerals' ban

European legislators on Wednesday unexpectedly voted in favour of a law requiring firms to ensure they do not use so-called conflict minerals from Africa and other areas that end up funding warlords.

The legislation for compulsory regulation of the use of tungsten, tin, tantalum and gold, which are…


Added by Arash Irantalab Tehrani on May 21, 2015 at 17:10 — No Comments

Corruption Could Be the Biggest Threat to ASEAN’s Economic Development

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is currently experiencing one of the fastest economic growths on Earth. Although this is great news for the area, the threat of corruption lingers on, casting a shadow over great opportunities. The main issue? The combination of the fastest-growing and richest economies with some of the poorest people living on this planet.…


Added by Sarah Busque on May 20, 2015 at 14:12 — No Comments

OGEL 3 (2015) - Renewable Energy Disputes

This joint OGEL and TDM Special issue focuses on renewable energy disputes at the level of international, European and national law. There are many ongoing cases at all three levels. Recent and ongoing renewable energy disputes under international law have concerned…


Added by OGEL Journal on May 20, 2015 at 13:29 — No Comments

Do more advocacy in the Oil Industry - Oil Expert

The first, in the series of capacity building and training for journalists in oil and gas begun last Thursday here in Accra for a selected coalition of reporters- Journalist Against Corruption (JAC) with a call to them to re-focus and drive hard in advocating underhand dealings in the oil and gas sector.

The Executive Director African Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), Dr Mohammed Amin Adam made the call that it also takes a collective effort and will to fight…


Added by seibik bugri on May 17, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments

OECD Conference: Responsible Supply Chains Update – May 2015

The annual OECD Conference on Due Diligence and Responsible Sourcing was held last week in Paris, France. Here are the key takeaways from this crucial conference in the calendar year.

  • New due diligence actions from China and the EU to appear in 2015
  • OECD Due Diligence is becoming mainstream worldwide for companies and countries
  • SEC issuers are concerned with data quality which is creating pressures and…

Added by RCS Global on May 14, 2015 at 0:41 — No Comments

Ghanaian Oil Industry and Discrepencies in the Civil Budget

There are many programs and movements being created these days to enunciate the issue of contract transparency within natural resource extraction. This website is a testament to this. As a member of the International Commerce & Policy Program at George Mason University, we study an array of disciplines ranging from trade and commerce to revenue allocation for civil projects in developing territories.

Although I trust the administration's ability to adequately critique my work, I…


Added by Steve Woodward on May 13, 2015 at 16:00 — 2 Comments

Malawi to join the EITI

Malawi to join the EITI


Added by EITI on May 13, 2015 at 10:32 — No Comments

The Herculean task of change in Ukraine

The Herculean task of change in Ukraine

In this EITI profile of the month, Olena Pavlenko tells us about uphill battles, Yetis and how things are moving ahead.

Olena Pavlenko is a civil society representative in the…


Added by EITI on May 13, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

Journalist Against Corruption to be inaugurated soon

 A coalition of selected Ghanaian Journalists - Journalists Against Corruption (JAC) will undergo professional enhancement training to sharpen their investigative skills aimed at focusing more light in the extractive industry especially the Oil and Gas. The occasion will also witness the formal inauguration of the coalition.

The two-day training organized by the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) in collaboration with OSIWA, seeks to drive advocacy on petroleum…


Added by seibik bugri on May 12, 2015 at 19:30 — No Comments

Oil Compensation In Hoima (Uganda) Exposes Deep Seated Abuse Of Women Land Rights

The undertaking of oil exploration typically has profound social, cultural and political impacts – both negative and positive, both in the country at large and in the region of operation. Oil exploration can have a positive effect on development by creating jobs, catalyzing business and providing vital infrastructure such as roads, electricity, building schools and even better health facilities like the Buliisa Health Centre IV.


However, if unchecked, the negative effects can…


Added by Beatrice on May 11, 2015 at 15:34 — 1 Comment

The Anatomy of the Resource Curse: Predatory Investment in Africa's Extractive Industries

Interesting report from Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS), highly  recommended, Happy reading …


Added by Kwami Ahiabenu on May 8, 2015 at 8:35 — 1 Comment

Commonwealth Professional Fellowships - Improving Natural Resource Governance through Citizen Engagement

The Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR), Coventry University, England, has launched the six week programme, planned for mid September to end October 2015, as follows:

The “Improving Natural Resource Governance through Citizen Engagement” fellowship programme has two key objectives. First, it aims to help improve the knowledge and skills of civil society fellows in engaging in natural…


Added by Miho Taka on May 8, 2015 at 17:26 — 3 Comments

Mining in New Zealand - interesting innovations, mixed results

Think ‘mining’ and New Zealand is not normally a country that comes to mind – an endless sea of cows, hobbits and mountains – but mining, no.  And yet over the past 5-6 years the government has embarked on a series of reforms in the extractive sector in an attempt to grow it beyond the 1% of GDP that it currently accounts for. 

Interesting innovations and issues that have faced the government have included how to strengthen health and safety legislation in the mining industry;…


Added by Sefton Darby on May 6, 2015 at 3:34 — No Comments

Launch of the Online Public Consultation on the Draft Guidance for Governments on Managing Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM)

Dear Members and Friends of the IGF,

We are excited to announce the launch of the online public consultation on the draft Guidance for Governments on Managing Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM), at the 9th ICGLR-OECD-UN GoE Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains, in Paris,…


Added by Arash Irantalab Tehrani on May 5, 2015 at 23:00 — No Comments

Mining, Resettlement and Lost Livelihoods: Listening to the Voices of the Mualadzi Community in Mozambique.

Oxfam and the University of Queensland Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining have just released a new report,Mining, Resettlement and Lost Livelihoods: Listening to the Voices of the Mualadzi Community in Mozambique.



Added by Arash Irantalab Tehrani on May 3, 2015 at 20:05 — 3 Comments

Congo’s Conflict Gold Rush: Bringing gold into the legal trade - Enough Project

Based on field research at mines and in regional capitals, Enough Project completed a report discussing solutions to the illicit conflict gold supply chain from eastern Congo. This trade is worth approximately $400 million per year, according to the U.N. Group of Experts. There is new, growing…


Added by Arash Irantalab Tehrani on April 30, 2015 at 15:41 — No Comments

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