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It's almost June, almost time for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to announce its final payment transparency rules under Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which requires the disclosure of tax and other payments to host governments by extractive industry companies listed with the SEC on a project-by-project level. Perrine Toledano shares a reminder of "7 Reasons why investors worth over $9.8 trillion support [the Act]."

The African Mining Legislation Atlas now has all 53 available mining laws. The project and its partners at the African Legal Support Facility and the African Union Commission are looking for international, regional, and national institutions to become members of the Project Implementing Consortium.

Do you know of a mining company defrauding communities of their entitlements, community leaders not releasing funds to the community (but keeping it for themselves), or government officials embezzling community development funds? Talk to Dr. Michael Nest about corruption in community and CSR projects.

Tanzanian President John Magafuli is winning hearts for his fight against corruption. Now, "after many weeks of wooing phone calls, secret meetings and lobbying back and forth," he seems to have won the heart of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni too. But Oxfam America explains the risks to communities of the new East African oil pipeline.

Jessie Cato continues with more matters arising from Australia and the EITI--at home and abroad.

Also on EITI, Bubelwa Kaiza writes on issues around CSO participation in Tanzania EITI.

What are some potential innovative uses of a resource contracts database? Share your idea and make some money.

And what is an ethical gem, really? Contribute to the discussion following Hazel Henderson's post.

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

New GOXIans - Welcome
  • Amir Lebdioui; PhD Student - University of Cambridge; Algiers, Algeria
  • Mira Oberman; Senior Communications Manager - IISD; Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Michael Hitch; Director and Mitsubishi Chair - Australian Centre For Sustainable Mining Practices; Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Bubelwa Kaiza; Executive Director - ForDIA; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic 
New Posts
  • Call for case studies: corruption in community and CSR projects around mining - Michael Nest - Read
  • New East Africa oil pipeline may win political hearts, but has the potential to put communities at great risk - Katherine Stanley - Read
  • ResourceContracts.org's partners are offering 5 grants of $10,000 each for innovative uses of the repository - Perrine Toledano - Read
  • 7 Reasons why investors worth over $9.8 trillion support Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act - Perrine Toledano - Read
  • Reduce levies, taxes on electricity bills, & publish the customer charter- ACEP - Siebik Bugri - Read
  • Aid cuts hurt transparency - Jessie Cato - Read
  • Call for expressions of interest: Get involved with the African Mining Legislation Atlas! - African Mining Legislation Atlas - Read
  • Time to phase out cruel, polluting gem mining worldwide - Hazel Henderson - Read


  • Daisy Leoncio - Communications workshop on the impact of mining on development; Lilongwe, Malawi; May 31, 2016 - RSVP
  • CSMI & Synergy at Wits - Certificate Programme in Community Relations Practice in the Extractive Industry: Developing and Maintaining Stakeholder Relations; Johannesburg, South Africa; June 6 - 10, 2016 - RSVP
  • Olga Cherepanova - Mining Communities Solutions 2016; Vancouver; June 6 - 8, 2016 - RSVP
  • Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment - Columbia University's 4th annual Executive Training Program on Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development; Columbia University; June 6 - 17, 2016 - RSVP

Remember: GOXIans are everywhere

Jobs and More
  • Artisanal Gold Africa Canada - Programme Officer at Partnership - Apply
  • Critical Resource in London - Analyst - Apply
  • SDC in Mongolia - Consultants - Apply
  • NRGI in Accra - Country Programs Manager - Apply
  • Renewable Energy at Adam Smith International - Business/Market Development - Apply
  • Tetra Tech ARD - CBRMT project support/Land Tenure Staff Associate - Apply
  • 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 - Michael Hitch

Dr. Michael Hitch is Director of the Australian Centre for Sustainable Mining, School of Mining Engineering UNSW. Dr. Hitch is a registered professional engineer and professional geoscientist in the Province of British Columbia. Dr. Hitch’s research interests centre on the mine of the future. This notion challenges one to consider not only the traditional aspects of mine design, extraction and closure but also aspects of greenhouse gas emissions and the social implications of mine operation. Dr. Hitch’s research considers operational efficiencies through the lens of sustainability and appropriate extraction that seeks to provide a platform for local prosperity and sustainable livelihoods. Dr. Hitch has travelled to 184 countries in various capacities including as a senior mining executive in his prior life. His focus continues to be on the development of ‘human-scale’ mining operations that can improve the biophysical integrity, economic sufficiency and the social wellbeing of the environments within which we operate.

(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
  • Mercury poisoning prompts Peru to declare state of emergency in Amazon - VOA - Read
  • Oil heading for $60 - Oilprice.com - Read
  • Why is Bolivian mining still irresponsible - ENTITLE blog - Read
  • Report calls for independent offshore oil and gas safety organization - Oil&Gas Journal - Read
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