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“Is she an undercover cop?," one lady asked as Vera Belazelkoska and her colleagues made their way through Madre de Dios, one of Peru’s largest illegal mining sites nestled deep in the Amazonian jungle. This, in a country where "gold mining has become more profitable than the illicit cocaine trade."

"In 2013, the Africa Progress Panel, chaired by Kofi Annan, and Global Witness examined five major sales of mining rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Each deal involved firms registered in the British Virgin Islands," Stephen Yeboah writes, as he makes the case for more to be done by the UK government, the IMF, multinational companies, and African governments to make tax practices just, not just legal.

Also registered in the British Virgin Islands is Palomar Holdings Limited, whose directors played a role in saddling Mozambique with the debt that now has that country in the bad books of many donors and lenders.

Still in the spirit of transparency, Johnny West and Juanita Olaya respond to Jed Miller and Michael Jarvis' post with the "Follow the Money" visual.

Researchers from the Eurasia Extractive Industries Knowledge Hub at Baku’s Khazar University found that the main reason for the current economic recession in Azerbaijan is that the government went "pro-cyclical." Read more.

Another country feeling the pain of the lower end of the cycle is Sierra Leone. But how have low commodity prices affected governance in that country, really? Kathrin Russner contributes her views to the GOXI miniseries, and the authors respond.

In the past, Sierra Leone has been infamous for blood stains on its diamonds. Now Hazel Henderson makes a case for man-made diamonds.

Eric Joyce uses the dynamics of UK EITI to lay out four lessons civil society participation in EITI.

And as Australia commits to implement the EITI, Jessie Cato explains the politics.

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Remember: Do you have an example of a community that came to a negotiated settlement with an extractives company? Jodi Liss wants your story for a video series. 

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

New GOXIans - Welcome
  • Henry Heren Kamara; Community Affairs and Public Relations Officer - National Minerals Agency; Freetown, Western Area, Sierra Leone
  • Adam Fleaming; Event Manager - Compliance4All; Fremont, CA, Unites States
  • Alanna Rondi; Director - Devonshire Initiative; Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Cassi Wright; Associate - BSR; San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Andrew Buchman; Consultant - Acorn Intl., LLC; Houston, TX, United States
  • Altanbagana Bayarsaikhan; National Program Manager - Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Jethro Stern; Social Specialist - Vientiane, Lao Peoples Democratic Republic
  • Hazel Henderson; CEO, Founder, Editor-in-Chief - Ethical Markets Media(USA & Brazil) Certified B. Corporation; Saint Augustine, FL, United States
New Posts
  • UK EITI - useful lessons for civil society - Eric Joyce - Read
  • Business/Market Development - Renewable Energy  - Adams Smith International - Read
  • The Panama Papers and the Africa Story: the murky deals in DRC's mining industry - Stephen Yeboah - Read
  • Australia to move ahead with implementation of the EITI standard - Jessie Cato - Read
  • Mozambicans in the hook? - Katherine Stanley - Read
  • NGRI Blog: Paradox of Plenty, Redux: Azerbaijan Grapples with Low Oil Prices - Farid Guliyev - Read
  • Human trafficking in the Global Supply Chains: a visit to a Peruvian illegal gold mining town - Vera Belazelkoska - Read
  • Do you have any stories about community-company negotiation? - Jodi Liss - Read
  • Tanzania's mining cadastre system now includes payment via SMS - Bill Feast - Read
Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • World Bank Group - Summer Institute 2016 - Reform Communication: Leadership, Strategy and Stakeholder Alignment; Los Angeles, United States; May 23 - June 3, 2016 - RSVP
  • Eurasia Hub / NRGI / Khazar University - Policy debate: Low oil prices as an opportunity for reforms; Baku, Azerbaijan; May 24, 2016 - RSVP
  • Daisy Leoncio - Communications workshop on the impact of mining on development; Lilongwe, Malawi; May 31, 2016 - RSVP

Remember: GOXIans are everywhere

Jobs and More
  • Artisanal Gold - Programme Officer - Apply
  • Critical Resource - Analyst - Apply
  • SDC Mongolia - International Consultant - Apply
  • Adam Smith International - Human Rights Advisers (331-112) - Apply
Remember: Post a job as a blog and we'll do the rest
Featured member - Rosanna Carver

Rosanna Carver is a PhD candidate addressing resource sovereignty and governance issues surrounding deep sea mineral extraction, using Namibia as a case study. Her previous research has concentrated on issues surrounding artisanal and small scale mining, focusing on the role of land reclamation (following diamond mining) in post conflict reconstruction and regeneration in Sierra Leone.

(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
  • Saudis move away from crude with $1.4B in deals with GE - Oilprice.com - Read
  • INFOGRAPHIC: Weird world currency - Mining.com - Read
  • Is an energy crisis brewing In the Caribbean? - Oilprice.com- Read
  • Ivanhoe Mines issues statement condemning claims by Mining Watch Canada concerning Platreef Project - Yahoo Finance - Read
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