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The PWYP Blog gathers together information, updates and ideas about the role of transparency in the extractive industries in creating economic growth and fighting poverty and corruption. On this lively blog, contributors from the PWYP coalition and guest bloggers share their thoughts and opinions, which are open to comment from anybody.

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Can Tanzania break their deadlock on Olympic gold?

August 10, 2021 - 09:32

 

 

We’re holding an olympic blog series these couple of weeks focussing on gold, silver and copper mining in resource rich countries as well as on gold, silver and copper mining companies.

Kazakhstan goes for gold!

August 9, 2021 - 14:42

Kazakhstan has gone for gold these olympics, collecting no less than 6 gold medals. Whether we are talking about the metal or the medal, Kazakhstan is no stranger to gold. Here, Zhanibek KHASSAN, Director of the Public Finance Transparency Program at the Soros Foundation Kazakhstan, has given us an overview of the gold mining sector in the country.

Kazakhstan is a former Soviet republic and Central Asia’s biggest economy, and is rich in oil, gas and minerals. Kazakhstan is demonstrating very good results at the London Olympic Games – with 6 gold medals and 2 bronze.

South Africa: three cheers for gold, not just in South Africa but everywhere

August 8, 2021 - 09:56

We’re holding an olympic blog series these couple of weeks focussing on gold, silver and copper mining in resource rich countries as well as on gold, silver and copper mining companies.

Following South Africa’s medals, ONE’s Tamira Gunzburg has blogged about South Africa’s gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti. Tamira is Policy Manager at ONE’s Brussels office.

South Africa is going strong with its three gold medals.

Anvil Silver Mine and the search for accountability

August 7, 2021 - 13:32

We’re holding an olympic blog series these couple of weeks focussing on gold, silver and copper mining in resource rich countries as well as on gold, silver and copper mining companies.

Following Australia's silver successes, Liz Barrett has written about the Anvil Silver Mine in DRC. Liz Barrett is Co-Director of AID/WATCH, a member organisation of PWYP Australia.

Swiss giant Glencore's lack of transparency means no silver lining for Zambia

August 6, 2021 - 14:24

 

We’re holding an olympic blog series these couple of weeks focussing on gold, silver and copper mining in resource rich countries as well as on gold, silver and copper mining companies.

Following Switzerland's wins Chris Jordan from Action Aid has blogged about Glencore's Mopani copper mine in Zambia and how secrecy means Zambians are not getting a fair deal for their resources. 

If BHP Billiton was competing in the Transparency Olympics, would it score bronze?

August 6, 2021 - 10:44

We’re holding an olympic blog series these couple of weeks focussing on gold, silver and copper mining in resource rich countries as well as on gold, silver and copper mining companies.

Following Australia's plethora of bronzes, PWYP Australia's  Claire Spoors has blogged on BHP Billiton's copper exploitation at its Olympic dam mine in South Australia.

Does Rio Tinto top the medal table for financial transparency?

August 3, 2021 - 09:16

We’re holding an olympic blog series these couple of weeks focussing on gold, silver and copper mining in resource rich countries as well as on gold, silver and copper mining companies.

Following Team GB's gold rush, PWYP International's Joseph Williams has blogged about Anglo-Australian company Rio Tinto, and their foray into transparency.  

Olympic blog 3 - Why Chinese mining companies shouldn't be an excuse to delay transparency....

August 2, 2021 - 16:19

We’re holding an olympic blog series these couple of weeks focussing on gold, silver and copper mining in resource rich countries as well as on gold, silver and copper mining companies.

Following China’s victories in the medal table, PWYP International’s Alice Powell has discussed why Chinese success in the mining sector shouldn’t be used as an excuse to delay transparency legislation.

China have – unsurprisingly – dominated the medal table, sweeping to victory and amassing gold, silver and bronze medals like there’s no tomorrow.

Canada takes home a Bronze! But should we take out the Copper?

July 31, 2021 - 14:59

We’re holding an olympic blog series these couple of weeks focussing on gold, silver and copper mining in resource rich countries as well as on gold, silver and copper mining companies.

Following Canada’s first medal of the games - a bronze in synchronised diving - PWYP Canada have written this blog exploring the relationship between First Nations People and mining companies, particularly in the context of the Copper-Gold Prosperity Mine in British Colombia.

Visit PWYP Canada’s website to find out more about their work.

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Australia wins Gold! But can the same be said for Rio Tinto?

July 30, 2021 - 11:04

_We’re holding an olympic blog series these couple of weeks focussing on gold, silver and copper mining in resource rich countries as well as on gold, silver and copper mining companies. Following Australia’s first gold medal of the games, PWYP Australia member Peter Colley is our guest blogger with an overview of gold mining company and supplier of the games Rio Tinto.