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By Miles Litvinoff
Industry guidance for the UK Reports on Payments to Governments Regulations is currently being prepared by and on behalf of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) and the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM).
What most profoundly distinguishes American Petroleum Institute (API) from civil society organizations in resource-rich countries working to make a more transparent and accountable extractives sector?
(Hint: the answer we’re looking for is not “the ability to pay for an army of high-priced lawyers” – although that works too.)
Le rôle des femmes en Asie centrale n'a jamais été facile, compte tenu du fait qu'elles doivent prendre soin de leur mari, élever les enfants et gérer un ménage; beaucoup d'entre elles ont dû le faire tout en vivant dans la pauvreté et en étant soumises à des règles strictes en raison de leur sexe.
The role of women in Central Asia has never been an easy one as they have had to take care of husbands, raise children and manage a household; many of them have had to do this while also living in poverty and being subject to society’s strict gender rules.
The revolution of 2011 in Tunisia overthrew the government, coined the term ‘Arab Spring’ and spread revolutionary sentiment across borders. Another, perhaps less obviously dramatic, consequence of the Tunisian revolution has been the increase and strengthening of civil society organisations in the country. Prior to January 2011, CSOs were namely composed of organisations that acted as instruments in the hands of the national government, and therefore were hardly in tune with the reality of societal problems.
The fishing sector will now be included in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). The official announcement was made by the President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Mr Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, on 19 January 2015 in his opening speech at the high-level conference on “Transparency and Sustainable Development in Africa”.
How much money will Chad see from its oil production and when? How sensitive is that to the wild fluctuations of market prices? And how does the money the government gets compare to what the oil companies get? These are some of the questions PWYP member GRAMPTC and the Berlin-based publisher OpenOil will address in an innovative workshop next week to launch financial modeling of extractives projects for civil society.
The paradox of plenty is nowhere more obvious than in the small oil-rich nation of Equatorial Guinea. With a population of less than one million on which to spend its vast oil wealth, Equatorial Guinea should be a prosperous country with well looked after citizens. Instead, it is estimated that three quarters of Equatoguineans live on less than two dollars a day and abject poverty lives alongside obscene displays of wealth.
Far from the buoyant football stadiums hosting the Africa Cup of Nations, civil society groups gathered in Equatorial Guinea’s main cities, Malabo and Bata, to elect their representatives to the local EITI decision making body. PWYP was present during those unprecedented elections and reports back.