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How to engage Chinese companies in EITI

21st June 2013
The Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) has been expanding rapidly in recent years, particularly among African and Southeast Asian countries. Within these regions, China has made a significant number of investments into extractive industries. Consequently, engaging Chinese companies in EITI affairs is important if they are to be more compliant with the standards of the organization. However, many find it difficult to communicate with Chinese firms on EITI issues. This article aims to provide several recommendations on how best to approach businesses within China on the transparency of extractive investments.

This article is written by Dr Guo Peiyuan, SynTao General Manager and based on his presentation at 2013 EITI Global Conference

New report highlights benefits of transparency, challenges of translating it into accountability and the scope of EITI

7th May 2013
Diarmid O'Sullivan, Open Society Foundation research fellow and ex-Global Witness campaigner has released a report today on how transparency helps identify problems in the governance of natural resources, as well as the challenges in ensuring that this transparency leads to accountibility. The role discusses the role the EITI should play enabling citizens to use data about payments made by companies to governments to 'follow the money'.

Diarmid O'Sullivan, Open Society Foundation research fellow and ex-Global Witness campaigner has released a report today on how transparency helps identify problems in the governance of natural resources, as well as the challenges in ensuring that this transparency leads to accountibility.  The report discusses the role the EITI should play in enabling citizens to use data about payments made by companies to governments to 'follow the money'. 

Daily Telegraph - 'Land grab' as families are uprooted to make way for luxury resort that will host EU ministers

5th November 2012
At least 500 people have been uprooted from their homes to make way for luxury villas where European Union foreign ministers, including William Hague, will stay during a summit in Laos on Monday, writes David Blair in the Daily Telegraph.

At least 500 people have been uprooted from their homes to make way for luxury villas where European Union foreign ministers, including William Hague, will stay during a summit in Laos on Monday, writes David Blair in the Daily Telegraph

Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining in Peru: A Blessing or a Curse?

26th September 2012

A report by Peru Support Group.

The Economist: Shell companies - Launderers Anonymous

21st September 2012

Shell companies

Launderers Anonymous

A study highlights how easy it is to set up untraceable companies

Tokyo Sexwale and the DRC's Mr Grab

20th August 2012

"A $150-million investment ties Tokyo Sexwale to a controversial Israeli businessman as he pulled off the "heist" of a prize mining asset in the DRC" - Mail & Guardian. Click here to read the article.

Reuters Africa: South Sudan assertive on oil sales

18th November 2011

South Sudan will market its crude through its oil ministry, an oil official said on Thursday casting further doubt on the role trading major Glencore's venture will have in selling the nation's oil. Alexander Dziadosz reporting from Juba. 

Publish What You Fund: 2011 Pilot Aid Transparency Index

16th November 2011
Some donors do well, all donors can do better, writes Publish What You Fund.

Some donors do well, all donors can do better, writes Publish What You Fund.

Guardian: UK urged to prevent vulture funds preying on world's poorest countries

16th November 2011
Britain is being urged to help close down a legal loophole that lets financiers known as "vulture funds" use courts in Jersey to claim hundreds of millions of pounds from the world's poorest countries, write Greg Palast, Maggie O'Kane and Chavala Madlena of the Guardian.

Britain is being urged to help close down a legal loophole that lets financiers known as "vulture funds" use courts in Jersey to claim hundreds of millions of pounds from the world's poorest countries, write Greg Palast, Maggie O'Kane and Chavala Madlena of the Guardian.

BBC: Call for greater aid transparency

15th November 2011
A UK-based lobby group is calling for more transparency in the spending of global development aid, estimated to be worth about $150bn (£93bn), writes BBC's Mark Doyle.

A UK-based lobby group is calling for more transparency in the spending of global development aid, estimated to be worth about $150bn (£93bn), writes BBC's Mark Doyle.