sharing in governance of extractive industries


A weekly digest of activity on GOXI

The e-discussion on Gender, Fragility and the Extractive Industries is now open. Share your experience (and remember that this Friday, November 8 is the deadline to apply for this related consultancy in the DRC).

Shuttling between the DRC and Switzerland in this post, RCS illustrates the labyrinth of due diligence checks it takes for a gold refiner to become 'certified.' (By the way, Switzerland is in the news for other wrong reasons; See news picks below.)

Use it or lose it! From the Open Government Partnership Summit, Michael Jarvis is troubled by the suggestion that "civil society must shoulder the burden of showing it is using the data that governments are putting out to justify its continued disclosure." What do you think?

Meanwhile, Farid Guliyev finds some of the numbers from Azerbaijan's elections rather interesting, as he  highlights the challenges of electoral competition in the "oil-rich" state.

But more than one year after it was posted, Lutz Neumann's post on the definition of 'resource richness' continues to spark debate analyses. This week, Sven Renner responds with the example of Chile.

Is Sierra Leone, for instance, oil rich? John Momo gives an overview of natural resource governance in the West African nation.  Jaff Bamenjo, on the other hand, drills down, by focusing on one case study in Cameroon.

REMEMBER to submit a story for the Procurement for Complex Situations challenge by November 22.

New GOXIans - Welcome
  •  Don Hubert: Principal Consultant - Resource for Development; Maputo, Mozambique
  • Erika Rodrigues: Social Marketing and Branding Specialist - ULULA; Maputo, Mozambique
  • AnthropoLinks: Consultant - AnthropoLinks SCOP-ARL; Paris, France
  • Caitlin Pierce: Presidential Fellow - Open Society Foundations; New York, NY, USA
  • Jenkins Flahwor: Programme Officer - Committee for Peace and Development Advocacy, Inc; Monrovia, Liberia
New Posts
  • RE: Resource Richness Revisited – How the wry notion of ‘resource-rich countries’ creates illusions and what to do about it - New comment by Sven Renner -  Read
  • Monitoring contractual obligations of mining companies - Jaff BamenjoRead
  • The challenges of electoral competition in an oil-rich state: Azerbaijan - Farid GuliyevRead
  • RE: A participatory approach to stakeholder engagement - New comments by Bardolf Paul and Juliane WeymannRead
  • A critical assessment of the status of natural resource governance in Sierra Leone - John MomoRead
  • Malawi's Ministry of Mining to decentralise amid calls by civil society - Mining in MalawiRead
  • Extractives at the Open Government Partnership Summit - the transparency melting pot and joined up data - Michael Jarvis - Read
  • Due diligence in the gold supply chain: How much is enough? - Resource Consulting ServiceRead
  • How to get involved in the US EITI in 5 minutes or less! - Misty Seemans - Read

New events

  • US EITI: Public comment - Washington, DC; November 5 - November 18, 2013 - Read
  • US EITI: Multistakeholder meeting - Washington, DC;  December 11 - December 12 2013 - RSVP

Upcoming events

  • Synergy Global: Certificate programme - Community Relations Practice in the Extractive Industry: Developing and Maintaining Stakeholder Relation; Johannesburg, South Africa; November 4 - November 8, 2013 - RSVP
  • U.S. Department of Interiorpublic information session - Pittsburgh extractive industries public outreach meeting; Pittsburgh, PA; November 14, 2013 - RSVP 

Remember: GOXIans are everywhere

Jobs and more
  • Procurement Challenge: Share your story - Working for increased disclosure of extractives contracts? Work in fragile states? - Share your story
  • RENAFEM: Deux Consultants chargés de faire l’état des lieux de l’implication de la femme dans le secteur minier en RDC Apply
  • Belize Coalition: Oil Contracts Assessment Consultant - Apply
  • RWI: Call for Interns - Apply
  • OpenOil: Call for Contributions: Next Generation Oil Governance - Join
  • ActionAid: Three Positions for ActionAid Malawi Responsive Mining Governance Project - 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 initiative - Swiss Better Gold Initiative

The Better Gold Initiative (BGI) is a Private-Public Partnership, driven by the Swiss Better Gold Association (SGBA) and supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).  The overall goal of the project is to build up simple market mechanisms that honor compliance of producers with standards on traceability, accountability, labor conditions, environmental, social governance and community relations performance.

Working with interested Swiss refiners and certified producers, the pilot project aims to develop an innovative supply chain from mine (Peru) to market (Switzerland).  Responsible Jewellery Council’s Code of Practices and Chain-of-Custody Standard for larger small-scale and medium-scale mines and the Fairtrade and Fairmined standard for artisanal and small-scale mining have been identified as the two certification schemes that BGI will work with.

See this post by RCS that illustrates how the BGI works in practice. 

(Information on featured members and organizations is based on content shared by members or publicly available information, 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
  • Ukraine signs shale gas deal with Chevron - Financial Times - Read
  • How NNPC, oil marketers connive with Swiss oil dealers to rob Nigeria of billions of dollars - Berne Declaration - Read
  • The next Mexican revolution in oil and gas - Financial Times - Read
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