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.
In 2017, after a decade of working with journalists, NRGI crafted a new strategy for media programming, leveraging lessons from its development programs and considering broader learning and trends in the field.
Management of Cambodia’s natural resources is opaque and growing restrictions on civic space mean that communities and civil society groups have few opportunities to engage with the government or companies on critical issues, such as how the impacts of mining on local people are managed or how revenues are used.
Across the world, journalists have been key to uncovering malfeasance in the natural resources sector. Media have exposed illicit activities by international oil companies like Royal Dutch Shell in Nigeria. They have shed light on Cameroon petroleum contracts that bring few benefits to locals and to national accounts.
There is growing momentum to define the core objectives and principles of local level agreements in Mongolia. But the national government itself must do a better job of facilitating a national dialogue.
Unlike in the resource-rich country in the film Black Panther, much of Africa’s mining sector is currently dominated by foreign direct investment; its raw minerals are often exported with limited local participation in the sector and tax revenues are eroded.
En août 2017, dix journalistes et acteurs de la société civile de la Guinée ont participé à la 7ème édition de l’université d’été du Centre d’Excellence pour la Gouvernance des Industries Extractives en Afrique Francophone (CEGIEAF) à Yaoundé.
Journalists confront informal and regulatory obstacles. In many cases, private companies and the government prevent media from accessing existing sources of free information. This may take the form of lengthy response times, publicly exposing information requests and managing the approval of how information is presented publicly.