Amandla!

Alicia Aleman Arrastio (second from right) writes from Johannesburg where she is attending the Thematic Social Forum on Mining and the Extractivist Economy with other members of the Justice in Mining Network AMANDLA, AWETHU. Power to the people. Our first day in the Thematic Social Forum on Mining and Extractives Industries has started with this … More Amandla!

Trump and the Extractive Industries

By Guillermo Otano, Conflict-Free Technology Campaign, ALBOAN Foundation The extractive industries have traditionally been one of the least transparent sectors in today’s globalized economy, already opaque for the average person. Extractive industries include businesses and operations engaged in “the exploration, extraction, sale, processing and other significant activities relating to oil, natural gas or minerals”. Many … More Trump and the Extractive Industries

Foreign corruption in the mining industry

(by Kimberly Fraser) According to Transparency International, a non-profit organization that monitors and combats corruption worldwide, the mining and extractive sectors are among the most corruption prone sectors. This is largely due to the volume of revenue involved and the need to interact with foreign governments in order to secure mining contracts and licences and … More Foreign corruption in the mining industry

The Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative – Australia’s Journey to Compliance

The Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative – Australia’s Journey to Compliance (by Boshra Yazahmeidi) Australia is the latest country to seek candidacy for the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) – a voluntary mechanism that promotes transparency, accountability, and good governance in the extractive industry sector. In a nutshell, compliance with the EITI requires participating minerals and … More The Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative – Australia’s Journey to Compliance

Offshore Shell Companies Deprive Africa of Billions of Dollars in Natural Resource Revenue

New revelations from the Panama Papers indicate that offshore shell companies had been established to own, hold, or do business with oil, natural gas, and mining operations in 44 of Africa’s 54 countries. The shell companies provide anonymity, facilitating tax evasion and the unchecked movement of bribe money used to secure lucrative extractive industry contracts. … More Offshore Shell Companies Deprive Africa of Billions of Dollars in Natural Resource Revenue