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In 2007, Ghana's then-president, John Kufour is reported to have proclaimed, “Even without oil we are doing well. . . . With oil as a shot in the arm, we are going to fly.” It turns out, according to research by Jim Cust and David Mihalyi, that "in many cases, economic growth begins to underperform long before the first drop of oil is produced." The authors call it the presource curse. They also discuss how expectations of resource wealth drove policy making in GhanaLebanonMongoliaMozambique, and Sierra Leone.

The World Bank Group is calling for cases studies for its Global Conference on Gender and Oil, Gas and Mining.

From Azerbaijan to Washington, DC, Publish What You Pay (PWYP) recaps the year 2017 in the fight for transparency.

And on to Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) looks ahead at the country's 2018 budget from the mineral resource governance viewpoint

On that note, HAPPY HOLIDAYS from the GOXI team (Norma, Sarah, Jasmin, and Kobina)! Your Weekly GOXI will be back in January. Until then, continue to post your jobs, blogs, photos, videos, and discussions on GOXI

New members - Welcome
New posts
  • Paradise papers, offshore leaks, and the bleeding financial world - Paul Ogwu - Read
  • Stepping up the anti-corruption fight in Tanzania Extractive Industries - Jovitha - Read
  • Women's Voices: Gender based violence in ASM sector - Mukasiri Sibanda - Read
  • Diggings up the dirt on corruption risks - Alexia Skok - Read
  • What is the Presource Curse? - David Mihalyi - Read
  • Trillion dollar industries, corruption and us: another year fighting for transparency - Publish What You Pay - Read


  • Cognition; ITRI International Tin Conference 2018; Budapest; April 23 - 25, 2018 - RSVP
Jobs and More
  • Facilitator for Innovation Workshop on Compliance Monitoring of natural resources in Ghana in Jan 2018 - European Union Project in Ghana - Apply
  • Consultant to support Nigeria with a commodity trading pilot - EITI International Secretariat in Nigeria - Apply
Remember: Post a job as a blog and we'll do the rest
Featured member - Nicolas Eslava

Nicolas Eslava is the founder and director of Afai Consulting BV. His professional interests and experiences revolve around the financing of armed groups and the functioning of informal and illegal economies, and, their impacts on socio-economic structures and local communities, the armed forces, organized crime and non-state armed groups. Nicolas has worked intensively across the globe covering the different and interconnected aspects of these subjects and brings with him an acute understanding of quantitative and qualitative methodologies. He is now working towards integrating always more geo-located information into his approach to the understanding of complex natural resource governance topics.

In addition to Afai Consulting, Nicolas is also a founder and advisor to Fundación Ava Jeva Amazonia, a Colombian foundation dedicated to the conservation and restoration of the Amazonian biosphere in the Caquetá department. He is also a visiting lecturer on Civil Society Participation and Conflict Resolution Mechanisms in the Mining Sector for the Specialisation in Mining Law and Governance of the Universidad del Rosario, Bogota.

Nicolas holds an MSc in Security Studies from University College London and a BA in Political Science from the University of Lausanne with a focus on Political and Development Economics undertaken at the Copenhagen Business School and Copenhagen University.

(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.)

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Beyond GOXI: Books, news, papers and reports
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  • BMW throws fuel on cobalt price fire: 'we'll need 10x as much.' -  Mining.com - Read
  • The 5 oil factors to watch in 2018 - Oilprice - Read
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