With the Open Government Partnership Global Summit coming up 7-9 December in Paris, government reformers and civil society campaigners working on the extractives and land sectors will be pleased to see that contract transparency and environmental disclosure will likely feature in the summit outcome document.
A discussion with the director of the technology, media, and communications specialization at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs about cross-border investigative journalism, big data and the changing profile of women who cover natural resources.
A 10-year boom in the prices of many commodities drew to a close last year. During previous booms, governments in developing countries have often squandered wealth accumulated through oil, gas and minerals, directing little of the proceeds toward effective investment or saving. When boom turned to bust, resource-rich countries were caught out, forced into debt spirals.
The protests in the Las Bambas area signal profound shortcomings in mining governance in Peru, particularly with respect to the way the national mining sector authorities handle and approve changes in mining project design and environmental impact assessments.
Secrecy around the agreements that governments strike with extractive companies for the exploitation of natural resources is a critical issue. Without access to this information, how can interested citizens be sure that the government negotiated a decent deal on their behalf, or that the company involved is paying its taxes correctly?