In this interview with Michael Odei Erdiaw-Kwasie, the Research and Policy Coordinator for Transparency International’s Accountable Mining programme, he explains how TI’s global network is collaborating to prevent corruption in the mining sector.
13 Mar: Communiqué de presse – Pour un dégel transparent de l’octroi des permis miniers à Madagascar
Depuis le gel de l’octroi des permis miniers les procédures pour l’octroi des permis miniers sont devenues arbitraires et discrétionnaires, créant des risques de corruption et décourageant les investisseurs sérieux.
Kenya’s mining law says companies should support community projects. But this doesn’t always happen as it should.
Globally, the extractive sector can be a source of livelihood for local people, supports regional development, and helps to boost national economies. However, the sector does have serious institutional and behavioural weaknesses. It is the poorest people, living in the mining areas, who are particularly vulnerable when the mining sector and their governments fail them.
What does the West African nation of Liberia have in common with Australia, the land down under? Both are rich in mineral resources, for one. And in both countries, government decisions to approve exploration and mining projects are vulnerable to corruption.
This summary of the larger report provides a useful overview of the corruption vulnerabilities in the mining approvals process, and provides a roadmap for better policy and practice in Australia.
This report documents the existing system of checks and balances that require transparency and accountability in the exploration license, and mining lease, approvals regime in Australia.
Through our research , we found that the NAIF processes for investment decision-making lack transparency, accountability and integrity. These weaknesses undermine public scrutiny of its decisions, give rise to conflicts of interests, and could result in companies with a history of noncompliance, criminal or corrupt behaviour gaining access to public funds.
We want to reduce the risk and incidence of corruption in the mining sector in Australia and internationally.