In 2020, Transparency International’s Accountable Mining Programme published five new country reports. Our global programme has now supported in-depth local research into the corruption risks in mining licensing and approvals across a total of 23 resource-rich countries.
The process of granting mining licences can be complex and complicated. The lack of transparency and accountability creates a process that can be ripe for corruption.
That’s why Transparency International is connecting a global network of our local anti-corruption organisations in some of the world’s most resource-rich countries to shine a light on how mining rights are granted.
By making this process more transparent, we are empowering communities with the information they need to hold decision-makers to account. By identifying the precise drivers of corruption risks in the process, we are providing practical, evidence-based solutions to government officials and company representatives seeking to make mining a fairer and more sustainable investment.
This matters because, for a sector as large, powerful and impactful as mining, corruption can have devastating consequences for democratic institutions and government revenue, for the life of people living near mining sites and for the natural environment.