sharing in governance of extractive industries

This new video from Oxfam highlights our recent research on women’s rights, corruption, and accountability in the oil, gas, and mining sectors.

Social accountability initiatives, such as information campaigns, community scorecards, and participatory budgeting, can fight corruption and improve transparency around revenue flows in the extractive industries. But Oxfam found that these initiatives can do significantly more to advance women’s rights, strengthen inclusive oversight processes, and better ensure resource governance is accountable to all, not just those in power.

Women’s participation in transparency mechanisms around the flow of oil, gas, and mining revenues is especially critical because of the gendered impacts of extractive projects, where women tend to be the hardest hit and benefit the least. The local economic benefits of these projects—such as employment and compensation for lost land—often go to men, while women disproportionately shoulder the burdens of environmental degradation and disruptions in social and family life.

A more inclusive process might allow women to influence local government decision-makers to track and invest revenues from extractive operations in maternal health centers or schools, for example.

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