Mining Contracts: How to read and understand them

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This report outlines issues that are crucial for understanding and negotiating contracts, and for monitoring their enforcement. Created to highlight strong contract clauses and explore how others could be improved, the report goes beyond legal considerations to explore the policy questions and company interests underlying contract provisions. Click on the picture below to read the… Read more »

Taming the Resource Curse: Implementing the ICGLR Certification Mechanism for Conflict-prone Minerals

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This study deals with the challenges posed by mineral flows that may lack all of the requisite export and sourcing documentation, or that may before or during the process of mining and export financially benefit rebel groups, militias, or military groups in some way. The report compares the strengths and weaknesses of existing certification mechanisms…. Read more »

Implementing EITI for Impact: A Handbook for Policymakers and Stakeholders

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This handbook is aimed at all stakeholders and practitioners. It analyzes the importance of implementing the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) to domestic economies, governance structures, and local populations, and suggests measures to leverage its potential to ensure inclusive growth and sustainable development. It outlines the Extractive Industries Value Chain and details the steps needed… Read more »

All that Glitters is not Gold: Dubai, Congo and the Illicit Trade of Conflict Minerals

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This report is a contribution to a growing body of research that seeks to better understand the illicit trade of gold (and to a lesser degree, diamonds) emanating from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the role industry and state actors play (primarily in neighbouring countries and the United Arab Emirates) in facilitating this illegality…. Read more »

Minerals and Africa’s Development: The International Study Group Report on Africa’s Mineral Regimes

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The report examines the costs and benefits of Africa’s contemporary mining regimes and other proposals about how to optimize the continent’s benefits from the exploitation of its mineral resources while reducing the direct and indirect costs and negative impacts. These issues are grouped and discussed in chapters on: the history of mining in Africa; current… Read more »

Special report on the “The ICGLR Regional Initiative against the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources (RINR)” and other Certification Mechanisms in the Great Lakes Region: Lessons Learned and Best Practices

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The ICGLR RINR seeks to redress the missing linkage between the supply chain of natural resource and the formal economy of the ICGLR member States, especially the fact that the exploitation and trade within the region are frequently conducted illegally. It has developemed a comprehensive approach including an elaborate Regional Certification Mechanism (RCM). The Special… Read more »

Extractives Industries: A New Accountability Agenda

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This Report addresses some key problems in the implementation of EITI. Whereas EITI has improved the transparency of natural resources revenue, it has not improved the accountability in resource rich countries. This report argues that EITI should incorporate human rights in order to improve governance. The report reviews EITI’s organisation as well as the key… Read more »

The Extractives Industries Review (World Bank)

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The World Bank Group initiated a wide consultation and research process to review the role of the Bank’s in the extractive sector. The conclusions and recommendations are published in a Final Report called “Striking a Better Balance”: According to the report, three conditions are to be implemented to allow extractive industries to contribute to the… Read more »

The Extractive Industries Source Book (World Bank)

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The Extractive Industries Source Book provides free online training, directed principally at policy makers in resource–rich developing countries. It was funded by the World Bank Group and realised in partnership with a global consortium of universities, the civil society and the private sector. The Extractive Industries Source Book highlights five key elements that are essential… Read more »