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.
Last year, Tunisian journalist and filmmaker Adel Zarrouk produced an Arabic-language documentary with NRGI funding addressing the April 2017 al Kamour movement, a wave of protests and sit-ins in the Tataouine region demanding employment and subnational development. That film and an interview with Zarrouk is now available online.
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.
Ces deux semaines de formation m’ont appris beaucoup de choses à travers les cours théoriques, la sortie sur le terrain et les échanges avec les autres camarades. Mme Zongo est Député à l’Assemblée Nationale du Burkina Faso et ingénieur hydrogéologue de formation. Cet entretien a porté sur une initiative inédite au Burkina, la commission d’enquête parlementaire sur le secteur extractif, et les perspectives ouvertes par la formation.
C’est l’ambition du schéma directeur d’aménagement des infrastructures minières (SDIAM) actualisé que le Ministère des Mines et de la Géologie a présenté le 31 juillet 2018 à Conakry, prenant une option forte pour la mutualisation, pour réduire les coûts financiers, sociaux et environnementaux des projets miniers.
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.
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.
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.