Read the "Citizens checklist" aimed at preventing corruption in the award of oil, gas and mining licences.
Lire la « Liste de vérification à l’attention des citoyens » en français
Читать «Положения о гражданском контроле» на русском
The intensifying competition for commercial access to the world’s remaining deposits of oil, gas and minerals brings with it a serious risk of exacerbating corruption and violent conflict. Our new report shows that in Angola and Nigeria there is a risk that complex deals struck between governments and corporations for access to natural resources could be used corruptly to benefit vested interests in these countries, rather than the citizens. The report also points to major concerns over opaque sales of mining assets in the Democratic Republic of Congo to offshore companies.
Our research reveals two major problems in the government allocation of oil contracts:
- Governments are not making clear the grounds for why a particular company is given a contract. In certain cases, they appear to allow certain companies special or preferential access to oil licences, leading to doubts about the integrity of the process.
- Governments are awarding the licences to companies whose beneficial owners remain undisclosed. In certain cases, there are grounds for suspicion that some of the companies may be owned or controlled by government or their private sector proxies.
If citizens do not know why particular companies have been awarded natural resource licenses, it can lead to suspicions of wrongdoing, especially in countries like Nigeria, Angola and the DRC with track records of natural resource related corruption. Transparency is crucial for citizen’s ability to trust that there has been no conflict of interest and to ensure that Angola, Nigeria and the DRC use their natural resource revenues for development and poverty reduction.
You might also like
Oil, Gas & MiningCampaign
Oil, Gas and Mining
Money from oil, gas and mining can help lift entire countries out of poverty in much of the developing world. Properly managed, it can build schools, hospitals and roads, and reduce dependency on international aid. But all too often, the revenue goes missing because deals are done behind closed doors, allowing small, corrupt elites to profit at the expense of ordinary citizens.
Oil, Gas & MiningStory
Congo's Secret Sales
Huge international mining companies acquired major mining concessions in Congo for billions of dollars - but most of the money never reached state coffers.
Oil, Gas & MiningReport
Nigeria’s Missing Billion
What on earth happened to the $1.1 billion that oil giants Shell and Italy’s Eni paid for one of West Africa’s biggest oil blocks?