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Chris,

Thanks for this insightful article and for shading more light about your operations in Ghana. I was at your site for just a few hours in Ghana, which were not enough to influence my perceptions about the mining industry. The cases you cite about the traditional leaders in Ghana is true as we had a meeting with them too after a visit to your site. I agree with you that extractive companies and civil society need each other more than government needs them, but it is us that need to make sure that government are compliant to the law, are transparent and accountable. I like what Susan A Aaronson is suggesting, we need to see how practical it is without triggering any legal actions from the affected parties for defamation and mudslinging through cellphones or the internet. This could only be effective with hard facts. Something like WikiLeaks.

Henry Bazira

Executive Director Water Governance Institute & Chairperson, Civil Society Coalition for Oil & gas (CSCO), Uganda.

 

Thanks Susan. I believe it does make sense. I will have a look at the web site you cited. Are there any other resources you can recommend so I can have a look at what others are doing and its effectiveness?

I wonder if you can comment on the following:  firms and citizens have shared interest in thwarting resource related corruption. One way for citizens to monitor and report on corruption is to use anonymous apps on cell phones (widely available) and websites such as ipaidabribe  . Does it make sense for companies to provide information about such sites to their stakeholders and encourage such monitoring?