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Women's Voices: Gender Based Violence in ASM Sector

Edited by Nyaradzo Mutonhori and Mukasiri Sibanda

56 women participating at the one week Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) Academy for Women, have noted with deep concern that Gender Based Violence (GBV) linked with ASGM sector, is a major problem that must be addressed urgently. GBV…

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Added by Mukasiri Sibanda on December 11, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Artisanal and Small Scale Mining Women Academy Off The Blocks

Participants at the ASGM Academy for Women

To help women to better tap opportunities presented by ever-growing artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector, Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) in partnership with Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF), Women in Mining…

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Added by Mukasiri Sibanda on December 5, 2017 at 18:44 — No Comments

Stakeholder Voices: Review of Resource Rich Tongogara's Strategic Plan

Stakeholders attending Tongogara RDC’s strategic planning review meeting

On 23 and 24 November 2017, Tongogara Rural District Council (TRDC) held a multi-stakeholder workshop to review its 5-year strategic plan (2015-2019) at Fair Mile hotel in Gweru. The objectives of the review process…

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Added by Mukasiri Sibanda on November 30, 2017 at 9:41 — No Comments

No questions asked policy for artisanal miners; a pulse check

Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Superintendent Chidziva in Mutare shaking hands with an artisanal miner: picture taken by Wellingon Takavarasha, ZIMF CEO. 

“A picture says a thousand words.’ This picture is interesting for several reasons. Depending on…

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Added by Mukasiri Sibanda on November 15, 2017 at 11:36 — No Comments

Engaging Government on Tax Justice, Illicit Financial Flows and Open data

A post dialogue meeting to the 6th edition of the Zimbabwe Alternative Mining Indaba (ZAMI) was held at the Meikles hotel on 07 November 2017. This was a jump start to a series of reflective conversations on ZAMI 2017 Action Agenda that will be jointly facilitated by ZAMI organisers to reach out to key government institutions, business players, Civil Society Organisations (CSO), media and communities.  Primarily, the planned reflective conversations are meant…

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Added by Mukasiri Sibanda on November 9, 2017 at 10:06 — No Comments

Curbing IFFs & use of open data to promote transparency & accountability

Key takeaways

  • Illicit Financial Flows are simple theft of public resources Briggs Bomba on definition of IFFs
  • We are all consumers of goods and services. So, everyone pays consumptive tax through Value…
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Added by Mukasiri Sibanda on November 7, 2017 at 15:08 — No Comments

Snippets of national dialogue on artisanal and small scale gold mining

The artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) session was one of the main topical sessions of the 6th edition of the Zimbabwe Alternative Mining Indaba (ZAMI2017), held on 04 and 05 October 2017 at Holiday Inn, Bulawayo. Rightly so, the session was themed “Ease of Doing Business Reforms: A Focus on Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining.”…

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Added by Mukasiri Sibanda on November 5, 2017 at 10:41 — 1 Comment

2018 National Budget Expectations: The Quest to Make Mineral Wealth Work for All: AMV

“Much as government prides itself as a champion on broad based economic empowerment through indigenisation programmes, without access to information, citizens are blindfolded to see how their mineral wealth is being accounted for.”…

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Added by Mukasiri Sibanda on October 23, 2017 at 19:26 — No Comments

Analysis of Zimplats' 2017 integrated report: 11 things CSOs can learn

      .   Zimplats is domiciled in Guernsey, a tax haven

  • Zombie data, Zimplats’ $86 million payment to government institutions in form of corporate income tax, additional profit tax, pay as you earn, royalties, withholding tax and customs duty cannot be used effectively for accountability
  • PWYP Australia’s call for mandatory disclosure for all mining companies listed at the Australian stock exchange deserve the support of resource rich but information starved…
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Added by Mukasiri Sibanda on October 17, 2017 at 9:26 — No Comments

Communities Empowered To Drive The Tax Justice Campaign

How communities are engaging with government and mining companies to fight for a fair share of mining benefit is at the heart of the Tax Justice agenda. So, as part of its drive to empower mining communities, the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) conducted a tax justice training of trainers meeting in mineral rich Runde district on 15 June 2017. 15 participants were involved from mineral rich communities such as Mhondongori (platinum), Murowa (diamonds) and Mapirimira (chrome).…

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Added by Mukasiri Sibanda on October 9, 2017 at 16:01 — No Comments

Contract Transparency Critical To Enable Transparency In The Mining Sector

Corporates are less resistant to the idea of disclosing payments made to governments and corporate beneficial ownership compared to the reasons why they make payments to government” Rob Pitman

Recent developments concerning mandatory disclosure of payments made to governments by mining companies listed in EU, Canada and USA in addition to Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) reports have changed the transparency…

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Added by Mukasiri Sibanda on October 9, 2017 at 15:55 — No Comments

Caledonia's ESTMA Report: Accountability Opportunities in Zimbabwe

In an environment where a chorus from communities, CSOs and government on improved transparency in the mining sector is strong and persistent, what accountability opportunities and challenges does Caledonia’s Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA) Report present? This blog explores if there is added…

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Added by Mukasiri Sibanda on October 5, 2017 at 15:11 — No Comments

What does the 2016 Annual Budget Review and 2017 Outlook Tell Us About Mining and Development Finance

  • Mining’s impressive contribution to economic indicators like export earnings has little bearing on the welfare of poor and marginalised communities residing in areas in which mineral wealth is extracted from.
  • Mining contributed $2.2 billion in 2016, constituting more than half of total export earnings. Yet mining paid $75,74 million to government, a figure that accounts for only 2.2% of total revenue generated by mining.
  • Although…
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Added by Mukasiri Sibanda on October 4, 2017 at 7:30 — No Comments

Can Data Driven Advocacy Change Mineral Revenue Transparency Landscape in Zimbabwe

For Zimbabweans, mineral revenue transparency reforms have proved to be a mirage.  Possibly hope evaporated with the domestic version of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI), the Zimbabwe Mineral Revenue Transparency Initiative (ZMRTI) failing to take off since 2011.  Without transparency in the mining sector, it is difficult for the public to have a hard talk with government and mining companies on how their mineral…

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Added by Mukasiri Sibanda on October 3, 2017 at 6:55 — No Comments

How Helpful or Harmful is RBZ Export Tax Incentive Scheme

Introduction

Globally, the mining sector has gained notoriety for not paying its fair share of taxes to mineral rich and mineral dependant countries. African countries being the most affected. Consequently, curbing Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs), illegal and immoral but legal activities, is high on the agenda for development finance. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will forever…

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Added by Mukasiri Sibanda on October 2, 2017 at 7:14 — No Comments

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