Briefing Document / Dec. 6, 2011

The need for resource transparency beyond the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative : Lessons Learned

Over the next three years, Afghanistan will be awarding contracts for many of its valuable mineral and petroleum reserves.  It is critical to Afghanistan’s future that access to these resources is managed carefully, with checks and balances in place to guard against corruption and conflict risks and to ensure that potential economic, social and environmental impacts are considered and addressed from the outset. Drawing on lessons from the experiences of Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria, Global Witness has identified the key steps which should be taken before and as concessions are awarded to ensure that  the Afghan government and its people truly benefit from these deals