EITI week in the Congos

1 April 2015
EITI Board, Board Meeting
High activity around Board meeting in Kinshasa and Brazzaville in mid-April.
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Glencore joins the Plenary of the Voluntary Principles

25 March 2015
Glencore is pleased to announce that on 18 March 2015 it joined the Plenary of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

Africa/Global: Swiss Connections

25 March 2015
An investigation conducted by the Berne Declaration (BD) has revealed how Philia, a Swiss trading company, has been profiting at the expense of the Congo (Brazzaville) oil refinery, Coraf.

Universal Report On Human Rights Promotion in Angola Approved

24 March 2015
The Universal Periodic Report (UPR) on the promotion and protection of human rights in Angola was approved on Thursday on 19 March, unanimously by 101 states involved in Human Rights Council.
24 March 2015
Reflections from the Beneficial ownership workshop in London.
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ICGLR Regional Initiative On Fight Against Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources (RINR) Conclude Its 11th Ordinary Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya

24 March 2015
The meeting received progress reports from Member States on the implementation of the six tools against the illegal exploitation of natural resources in Member States, discussed the self-financing mechanism, and validated the draft reports.

Lower oil prices create challenges, opportunities for government

23 March 2015
When President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo was sworn in [...], Brent crude oil traded at US$85 per barrel and experts worldwide asked "how low can it go?" Five months later, prices stand around $55, with analysts divided over recovery prospects.

Buhari: From Despair to Hope

23 March 2015
Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, [...] recently unveiled his programme of action, aimed at repositioning the country and giving a new lease of life to a citizenry already traumatised and disenchanted [...].

Woodside sacked seven staff for ‘fraud’

20 March 2015
Woodside Petroleum's annual sustainability report has revealed the surprising news that seven employees were sacked for "fraud-related" incidents last year.

Myanmar Falls Behind in Renewable Energy

20 March 2015
Recent developments and investments focus too much on natural resources and extractive industries.

11th Meeting of the ICGLR Regional Committee Against the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources, Nairobi-Kenya 19th to 20th March 2015

20 March 2015
Members of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Regional Committee against the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources are today 19th March, 2015 holding their 11th Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya.

Vast agribusiness concessions mask unprecedented deforestation: report

20 March 2015
Guyana has reiterated its vision of ensuring forests play an important role in the climate change solution, and has stressed the importance of REDD+ and climate financing to making those solutions possible.

Rio Tinto paid 185 million USD in taxes to Mongolia in 2014

19 March 2015
Rio Tinto Group has prepared and submitted their annual "Taxes Paid" report with detailed information regarding 7.1 billion USD in taxes paid internationally in 2014, with 185 million USD paid to the Government of Mongolia.

Rio Tinto discloses tax payments to governments

18 March 2015
Mining major Rio Tinto this week revealed that it had paid about $7.1-billion in global taxes during 2014, with the majority of royalties paid in Australia.

In Covenant with Nigerians, Buhari Unveils Marshall Plan

17 March 2015
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has entered into a covenant with Nigerians highlighting his plan to tackle the challenges currently facing the country.

Nigeria 2015: SERAP asks Jonathan, Buhari to endorse international anti-corruption court

16 March 2015
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has urged “the presidential candidates [...] to publicly endorse the global initiative for an International Anticorruption Court, IACC.

Africa Needs Collective Approach to China

16 March 2015
The notion that China dictates the terms of this China-Africa relationship still nags and allows narratives such as "China's scramble for Africa" to develop. So how can Africa place itself first in Africa-China relations?

Perks costing government P2 billion in mining revenues

13 March 2015
The government has lost at least P2 billion in potential mining revenues because of the income-tax holidays it is granting to large-scale miners.

Low crude prices alter challenges in sub-Saharan Africa, speakers say

12 March 2015
Significantly lower crude oil prices have reduced foreign companies’ interest in developing oil and gas resources in sub-Saharan Africa nations, speakers at a Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies seminar agreed.

What the oil price plummet means for aid to Africa

12 March 2015
A year ago, Africa appeared on the verge of a fossil fuel windfall, and the conversation in development circles centered on how to ensure that bounty would benefit citizens and communities on a continent where resource wealth has struggled to trickle down