Buried Treasure – Aussie mining companies behaving badly in West Africa

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Whilst Australian mining companies are extracting precious and finite resources from countries across Africa, it is unclear if any of the wealth is benefiting the local community and the country as a whole.

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Photo: Abbie Traylor-Smith

Community voice largely absent in resettlement

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Despite claims of community engagement, opportunities for communities to meaningfully participate in decision-making processes that impact on their land and livelihoods are rare, with women and young people facing additional exclusion.

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Australian mining company undermining democracy

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Much has been written in the Australian media recently about the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). The TPP is Free Trade Agreement currently being negotiated by the Australian, US and other Pacific-country governments.

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Africa Down Under: mining, agriculture and development

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I have just returned from a week at Africa Down Under in Perth. The joint was jumping with mining and agriculture ministers from South Africa, Liberia, the DRC, Zambia, Mozambique Ghana and more. Add in the CEO’s of some of Australia’s most active mining companies in Africa, agricultural academics, and the scene was set to […]

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‘Mining has a masculine face’ – the impact of mining on women

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By Christina Hill, Mining Advocacy Coordinator Oxfam’s work shows that the impacts of mining are not gender neutral. Women often experience the negative impacts of mining more than men, and rarely receive the benefits that men do. What do these gendered impacts look like in Indonesia? Do small ‘cowboy’ mining companies – which are dominant […]

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Transparency and mining in Cambodia

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Civil society, government and mining, oil and gas industry representatives gathered in Sydney last week at the 6th global Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) conference. The EITI is a global standard that promotes revenue transparency in the mining, oil and gas sector.  Transparency is the key to reducing corruption, conflict and poverty in resource-rich countries. […]

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