War in the Treasury of the People: Afghanistan, lapis lazuli and the battle for mineral wealth
The Taliban and other armed groups are earning up to 20 million dollars per year from Afghanistan’s lapis mines, the world’s main source of the brilliant blue lapis lazuli stone.
Conflict MineralsPress Release
Trump’s Afghanistan strategy will fail if it does not take on corruption
As President Trump announces his new Afghanistan strategy, Global Witness’ Stephen Carter highlights what is needed for a real change in direction
Pushing Afghan mining without better governance would be reckless
It is reckless to press ahead at any cost with mining in Afghanistan in highly insecure areas
Oil, Gas & MiningPress Release
New mining minister will face test of government credibility on reforms and revenue, says civil society
After a year without a Minister of Mines and Petroleum in Afghanistan, we welcome the appointment of Nargis Nehan - but she faces a backlog of urgent reforms which would be a key test of the government’s credibility.
Extractives Policy Briefing for 2016 Brussels Conference on Afghanistan
Steps the Afghan government and international donors can take at the 2016 Brussels Conference on Afghanistan to help Afghanistan avoid the resource curse
Civil Society Anti-Corruption Recommendations for the 2016 Brussels Conference on Afghanistan
Global Witness, along with our partners Integrity Watch Afghanistan, Transparency International, and the Open Contracting Partnership, calls on the Afghan government to adopt our practical anti-corruption recommendations
Conflict Minerals, Oil, Gas & MiningBriefing
Women’s rights and extractive sector abuses in Afghanistan
Policy recommendations to reduce abuses in the mining, oil and gas sectors, and empower women in Afghanistan
Oil, Gas & MiningBriefing
Sharing the spoils: gender and the mining industry
Who benefits when a mining boom comes to town? The global rush to extract precious resources from the ground has brought both conflict and opportunity to the communities where it has taken root, but the costs and benefits of this billion-dollar industry are rarely evenly distributed.