sharing in governance of extractive industries


A weekly digest of activity on GOXI

Proceed with caution! Lien de Brouckere's piece gives a sense of the risks to be managed to free up Afghanistan's trillion dollar minerals. For instance, "...forcible resettlement by soldiers in armored vehicles resulting in two deaths, recent beheadings of several provincial leaders and kidnapping of foreigners in Aynak, insecure roads to Aaja-gak where engineers have disappeared over the past few years..." Read on.

Bangladesh is not Afghanistan, but it has its own obstacles to mineral development. Mark Thomas Jones analyzes. In another piece, Mark Thomas commends the drive and resilience of Canadian companies.

Michael Jarvis shares five tips for contracting in mining.

And Intel declares its chips conflict-free.

New GOXIans - Welcome
  • Virna Di Palma: Director, Strategic Communications - TRACE International; Annapolis, MD, USA
  • Chakrya Chan: Core Group - Youth Resource Development Program; Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Jason McSparren: PhD Student - University of Massachusetts Boston; Quincy, MA, USA
New Posts
  • Contract transparency and revenues from the extractives in Tanzania - Semkae KilonzoRead
  • Listening to Afghan mining communities and civil society - Lien De BrouckereRead
  • How can extractive companies help communities prepare and cope with natural disasters? -Sarah BusqueRead
  • Intel announces it's microprocessors to be free of conflict minerals - Lindsey MarchessaultRead
  • Picture: Bangladeshis protesting in London on 4th December 2013 - Mark Thomas Jones - View 
  • Gabriel Resources wings clipped by Parliamentary vote - Mark Thomas JonesRead
  • Bangladesh - The development dilemma - Mark Thomas JonesRead
  • Mining contracts – five tips for governments and the rest of us - Michael JarvisRead
  • David vs. Goliath in the world's poorest country - Keith SlackRead
  • RE: Responsible resource extraction in Afghanistan: the first strategy - New comments by Javed Noorani and Isabella Gerber - Read
  • Visit to Ghana - Celeste Hicks - Read
  • New Jeweler/Conservationist Coalition fights against dirty gold from a proposed gold mine outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico - Marc Choyt - Read


  • Revenue Watch: Conférence Internationale: Transparence et la Bonne Gouvernance dans L’énergie et les Mines - Tunis, Tunisia; Janvier 17- 18, 2014 - RSVP
  • World Bank Group (@ African Mining Indaba): Attracting Responsible Mining Investment in Fragile and Conflict Affected Settings - Cape Town, South Africa; February 6, 2014 - RSVP


  • Synergy: Certificate Programme in Community Relations Practice in the Extractives Industry -  Johannesburg, South Africa; March 10-14, 2014 - RSVP
  • Center for Social Responsibility in Mining: Online course: Environmental Conflict Resolution in the Extractive Industries - February 18 - RSVP
  • IP3: Training on Responsible Mining Sector Development: Forging PPPs for Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility - Arlington, VA; February 10- February 21, 2014 - RSVP
  • Synergy Global: Certificate Program in Community Relations Practice in the Extractive Industry: Implementing Management and Monitoring Interventions - Johannesburg, SA - RSVP
  • May 5 - May 9, 2014
  • August 25 - August 29, 2014
  • October 13 - October 17, 2014

Remember: GOXIans are everywhere

Jobs and more
  • Oxfam: Consultant - Agenda Setting Report of the Kenya Civil Society Platform on Oil & Gas - Apply
  • UNDP: Consultants - Extractive Industry Specialists - Apply
  • The Revenue Watch Institute (RWI): Senior Researcher at Revenue Watch Institute-Natural Resource Charter - Apply
  • Oxfam: Policy Advisor - Extractive Industries - Apply
  • OGEL: Call for Papers - The Governance of Unconventional Gas Development Outside the United States of America - Submit

Remember: Post a job as a blog and we'll do the rest
Featured member - Mark Thomas Jones

Mark Thomas Jones is a specialist consultant and trainer who works with governments, businesses, NGOs and individuals. Having formulated Jones' Octagon of Success (JOOS), he endeavors to ensure a wider understanding of the dynamics of genuine and purposeful engagement. He believes that, sadly, for too long the narrative of leadership and management has been dominated by a fixation with the corridors of power, whilst a more balanced approach would include a consideration of the corridors of responsibility. His approach is one of being constructive and solutions orientated.

(Information on featured members and organizations is based on content shared by members or public information on organizations, 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
  • Intel's ban on conflict minerals wows national geographic photographer - National Geographic -Read
  • Movie about 33 Chilean miners rescued alive goes ahead amid bitter dispute over rights - Mining.com - Read
  • Peru announces national strategy against illegal mining - Mining.com - Read
  • African nations consider standardized mining policies - Australian MiningRead
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