Due to the large sums of money involved, subcontracting carries risks. Procurement deals are less visible and more numerous than the high-profile processes used to award exploration and production rights, and they are harder for government regulators, the media and civil society to scrutinize. They are therefore a common node for corruption.
Ghana, a country rich in aluminium, bauxite, gold, manganese, oil and gas, joined the global Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in 2003 to promote good governance in the extractives sector. EITI is a multi-stakeholder effort comprising government agencies, civil society actors, and extractive companies.
NRGI's Daniel Kaufmann and Erica Westenberg suggest that civic space and comprehensive transparency (including disclosure of beneficial ownership information) build foundations for stable mining projects.
La Guinée célèbre aujourd’hui soixante années d’indépendance, depuis le fameux « non » du leader indépendantiste Ahmed Sékou Touré au referendum parrainé par le gouvernement du Général De Gaulle sur l’union avec la France.
Addressing the jade sector’s challenges is an urgent need. It is also highly difficult. At the same time, it is an opportunity for the National League for Democracy-led government to signal a new era of accountability.
Each year, the Natural Resource Governance Institute and Gadjah Mada University’s Department for Politics and Government host a residential training course on extractives governance in Indonesia. In 2018, NRGI and partners produced videos covering the course and interviews with course participants.
Having established a bid and licensing rounds committee in May, the country’s preparation for the bid round began in June. This development makes other countries’ bidding round experience particularly relevant to Ghanaians.
Since 2013, the AMDC has supervised the establishment of country-level mining visions in 13 countries in East, Central and Western Africa, facilitated the AMV Private Sector Compact, established an AMV Civil Society Forum, and initiated an African Minerals Governance Framework (AMGF).
Increasing transparency as well as business and civic engagement in government contracting are powerful ways to craft better agreements, improve public services, deter fraud and corruption, build trust and promote a more competitive business environment. A new report from NRGI and the Open Contracting Partnership details how to do it.