New translations


18 November 2021

A number of our key national reports on corruption risks in the mining awards process are now available in English.  

You can read the local research from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, DR Congo, Guatemala, Madagascar, and Mexico in newly translated editions on our website. 

Transparency International Chapters from across our global Accountable Mining programme have conducted in-depth local research into how their jurisdictions award mining and exploration rights. They identify the vulnerabilities in these processes that can lead to corruption and provide critical insights to strengthen mining sector governance.  

This is valuable reading for civil society organisations, researchers, government and industry officials working to strengthen good governance in the mining sector.


Argentina’s vast lithium deposits in the province of Jujuy are being eyed by mining companies hungry to invest in the global energy transition 

But how are mining rights awarded and what are the corruption risks?  

Poder Ciudadano examines these risks and provides valuable recommendations for addressing corruption risks in the mining sector in Jujuy and San Juan. 


Chile is the world’s leading copper producer and mining is vital to the country’s economy.  

It is essential that the sector has strong governance and integrity. 

Chile Transparente’s research into the corruption risks in the process of awarding mining permits found 38 risks. 


For decades, Colombia’s mineral resources have contributed to jobs and the national economy. But they have also fuelled community tension and debate. 

Transparencia por Colombia’s analysis of the corruption risks in the Colombian mining sector looks at how the decision-making process can be compromised. This research provides important warnings and recommendations. 

DR Congo 

Despite its mineral wealth, the Democratic Republic of the Congo ranks poorly on TI’s Corruption Perceptions Index.  

What can governments, companies and civil society organisations do to strengthen the governance of the mining sector? 

LICOCO’s analysis provides important reading for all stakeholders involved in the decisions to approve mining and exploration rights. 


To prevent corruption in the mining industry in Guatemala, Acción Ciudadana has analysed the process of awarding mining rights. With case studies of the Cerro Blanco, Marlin and Progreso VII mines, their research reveals a number of vulnerabilities in the process.  

This research is a valuable first step towards strengthening the performance of regulatory bodies and includes case studies of the Cerro Blanco, Marlin and Progreso VII mines. 

Madagascar mining report


Transparency International-Initiative Madagascar’s research was particularly timely, coinciding with the government’s plans to introduce new laws and lift the 2011 suspension on new mining licences. 

Complementing this report are a number of mining licence process maps that detail the steps companies and governments must follow to receive a mining or exploration right. 


This research by Transparencia Mexicana was timely – its publication coincided with the Mexican government’s decision to review the country’s mining concession process. 

Their report provides a comprehensive analysis of the process and valuable recommendations to strengthen governance.