sharing in governance of extractive industries

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"If developing countries thought the so-called resource curse was bad when oil and mineral prices were high, they need to prepare for things to get worse now the market has collapsed." Thus, the Financial Times introduces a report by Chatham House revisiting the resource curse. This, at a time when Bloomberg declares the oil curse has hit Ghana and the African Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) and other stakeholders launch a platform to track oil money. 

Jana Morgan, Director of Publish What You Pay USA, thinks project-level payments under Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank transparency provision by the United States Congress will help minimize corruption, as she counters the arguments of the American Petroleum Institute (API).

But going to the beginning of the extractives value chain, Alan Wolfe writes, "Properly understanding where these risks lie is the crucial first step towards being able to minimise corruption in mining sector licencing,"  and he invites your contributions to this discussion paper on corruption risks in mining licencing.

And as Kenya begins to enter the industry, Christianna shares the link to an intriguing feature about oil-fueled activities around Lake Turkana in Kenya.

One major issue in the beginning of oil exploration is are the rights of local communities. Oxfam reports that oil and gas companies lag behind miners in public commitments to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC). The report surveyed 38 companies over the last year. See all the results and recommendations.

Another criticism of oil and gas companies is that hydraulic fracturing can cause earthquakes. In this two-minute video, Jodi Liss breaks down the connection between fracking and earthquakes. 

In this article, Ross Harvey addresses the issues in the 645-page findings of the commission established following the mine massacre at Marikana, South Africa to "‘where appropriate, refer any matter for prosecution, further investigation or the convening of a separate enquiry to the appropriate law enforcement agency, government department or regulator regarding the conduct of a certain person/s."

And Rahul Basu expands the discussion on Burkina Faso's community development fund with examples from India.

Plus more jobs, blogs, photos, videos, and discussions.

New GOXIans - Welcome
  • Hannah Stone; Research Coordinator - Natural Resource Governance Institute; London, United Kingdom
  • Biou Kerina Wang; Governance Global Practice - The World Bank; Washington, DC, United States
  • El Argar; Researcher - TUM München; München, Germany
  • Edmond Kposowa; Programme Officer - The Future In Our Hands; Makeni, Sierra Leone
  • Molewuleh B. Gray; Deputy Legal Counsel - National Investment Commission; Monrovia, Liberia
  • Munira Abubakari; Senior Programme Manager - Africa Center For Energy Policy; Accra, Ghana
New Posts
  • VIDEO: Fracking and Earthquakes - Jodi Liss - Watch
  • Marikana commission’s findings cast light on urgency of labour law reform - Ross Harvey - Read
  • Community contributions in India, recent changes - Rahul Basu - Read
  • Corruption in mining licencing, discussion paper - Alan Wolfe - Read
  • 4 critical ways oil, gas, and mining companies must support local community rights - Emily Greenspan - Read
  • Our oil money online platform launched - Kwami Ahiabenu - Read
  • RE: What role will energy and minerals play in the future of Greenland? - New comments by Ian Doyle and Marc ChoytRead


  • Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre (SEIC); Mining For Innovation Call For Pitches; Strathmore University, Nairobi; September 3, 2015 - RSVP
  • Blavatnik School of Government; Executive Course on Oil, Gas And Mining Governance; Oxford, UK; September 7-12, 2015 - RSVP
  • CCSI/ALSF/AMDC/NEPAD; Workshop on Strengthening Technical Assistance For Resource-Rich African Countries; Pretoria, South Africa; September 21-22, 2015 - RSVP
  • International Forum on Madagascar Mining & Petroleum; Antananarivo, Madagascar; September 23-25, 2015 -  RSVP
  • Kenya Chamber of Mines; Eastern Africa Mining and Energy Conference; Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya; October 14-16, 2015 - RSVP
  • Arash Irantalab Tehrani; Annual, General Meeting; Geneva, Switzerland; October 26-30, 2015 - RSVP
  • World Mining Congress 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; October 18-21, 2015 -  RSVP
  • EITI and Swiss Government; 30th EITI Board Meeting And Side Event; Bern, Switzerland; October 20-22, 2015 - RSVP
  • ETH Swiss Federal Institute Of Science And Technology/Center For Development; Cooperation NADEL: Training Course; Zurich; October 20 - October 23, 2016 - RSVP
  • Dr. Michael Warner; LCS November 2015 Local Content Master Class, Training; Henley Business School; November 18-20, 2015 - RSVP
  • EITI; 7th Global Conference In Natural Resource Governance; Lima, Peru; February 24-25, 2016 - RSVP

Remember: GOXIans are everywhere

Jobs and More
  • OXFAM America - Senior Policy Adviser, Tax and Extractive Industries - Apply
  • Partnership Africa Canada - Artisanal Gold Programme Officer -  Apply
  • OGEL Journal - Call for papers: Energy Law and policy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) -  Apply
  • Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) - Research Assistant (Arabic-Speaking) -  Apply
  • Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria - LLM, Extractive Industry Law In Africa; Pretoria, South Africa; February 1 - December 31, 2016, 2015 - Apply
  • Ministry of Finance Ghana Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (GHEITI) - Request for expressions of interest (consulting services-firms selection) - Apply
Remember: Post a job as a blog and we'll do the rest
Featured member - Mathew Anderson

Matthew Anderson is an experienced professional leader, who holds an MBA, Grad Dip in Innovation, and a B. Bus (Marketing). After a successful career in marketing, Matthew joined Rio Tinto in 2008 and spent six years supporting strategic sales and marketing across a range of bulk commodities, followed by a move to the Global Economic and Markets team as a senior commodity analyst in 2009. This role specialized in research, price formation and trading, providing market insights across India, Indonesia and China.

From 2011 to 2014 Matthew moved to Mongolia as the Manager of Strategic Analysis with Oyu Tolgoi. During the period, he led more than 200 bespoke analytical projects across a broad range of topics, including governance, policy, and distribution of wealth. Matthew returned in 2014 to Brisbane where he led the expansion of commercial analysis in emerging economies focused on sovereign risk across Mongolia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Chile, and Peru. In 2015 Matthew founded sarmat research, a niche consultancy that focuses on the intersection of global markets, geopolitics, and government policy with an emphasis on extractive industries. He is available for both short and long term assignments and can be contacted at www.sarmat.com.au

(Information on featured members and organizations is based on content shared by members or publicly available information, sometimes edited for language and brevity, and should not be considered an endorsement by GOXI of any member's skills or experience.)

Beyond GOXI: Books, news, papers and reports
  • The resource curse revisited - Chatham House - Read
  • Oil curse hits Ghana as tide goes out on West African boom times - Bloomberg - Read
  • CHART: Panasonic predicts lithium-ion utility storage surge - Benchmark Mineral Intelligence - Read
  • Saudi Aramco launches carbon capture pilot project - Oil&Gas Journal - Read
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Comment by GOXI on August 10, 2015 at 20:19

Ahhh. Thank you. Fixed.

Comment by Johan Krijgsman on August 10, 2015 at 17:05
Thanks, the original link takes you to an article on Mining.com dealing with the coal industry.
Comment by GOXI on August 10, 2015 at 16:13

Thanks for the feedback. I just checked it though and it works. Where did it take you? In any case, here it the full link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-30/easy-money-fallin...

Comment by Johan Krijgsman on August 10, 2015 at 15:49
The link on the Oil curse hits Ghana story is incorrect


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