Natural Resource Governance Institute

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Formerly known as the Revenue Watch Institute and Natural Resource Charter, the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) is an independent, non-profit organisation that promotes the effective, transparent and accountable management of oil, gas and mineral resources for the public good. General NRGI is very engaged in a wide range of activities. It provides technical advice,… Read more »

International Peace Information Service (IPIS)

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IPIS is an independent research institute based in Belgium devoted to peace and development in sub-Saharan Africa. Their core themes are arms trade, exploitation of natural resources, and business & human rights. IPIS also engages in capacity building and technical training for NGOs, governments and other stakeholders. For further information on IPIS, please click here…. Read more »

The European Union’s Accounting and Transparency Directives

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What is new? The recent international financial crisis stimulated the debate on the responsibility of business to contribute to sustainable economic growth. Against this backdrop, the European Parliament adopted in 2013 a revised legislation, called the Accounting Directive. The Accounting Directive obliges large extractive and logging companies to report payments they make to governments. This… 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 »

International Principles for Whistleblower Legislation – Best Practices of Laws to Protect Whistleblowers and Support Whistleblowing in the Public Interest

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Recognising the role of whistleblowing in corruption-fighting efforts, many countries have pledged to enact whistleblower protection laws through international conventions. It is essential, however, that these policies provide accessible disclosure channels for whistleblowers, meaningfully protect whistleblowers from all forms of retaliation, and ensure that the information they disclose can be used to advance needed reforms…. Read more »

International Best Practices for Whistleblower Policies

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The Government Accountability Project (GAP) has over 30 years of experience in advocating for whistleblower legislation and protection. This report is based on GAP’s checklist of twenty requirements for effective protection. These best practice standards are based on a compilation of all national laws and Intergovernmental Organisation policies, such as the World Bank or the… Read more »