Information Center: accountability, 2009

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Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy Review, Vol. 30, Issue 1, pp. 52-100
Gavin Hilson; Roy Maconachie
January 1, 2009

This article critically examines the challenges that come with implementing the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)—a policy mechanism marketed by donors and Western governments as a key to facilitating economic improvement in resource-rich developing countries—in sub-Saharan Africa. The forces behind the EITI contest that impoverished institutions, the embezzlement of petroleum and/or mineral revenues, and a lack of transparency are the chief reasons why resource-rich sub-Saharan Africa is under-performing economically, and that implementation of the EITI, with its foundation of “good governance,” will help address these problems. The position here, however, is that the task is by no means straightforward: that the EITI is not necessarily a blueprint for facilitating good governance in the region's resource-rich countries. It is concluded that the EITI is a policy mechanism that could prove to be effective with significant institutional change in host African countries but, on its own, it is incapable of reducing corruption and mobilizing citizens to hold government officials accountable for hoarding profits from extractive industry operations.

Tutu Alicante
February 1, 2009

An editorial that highlights the important connections between government transparency, government accountabiilty, and democracy.

International Budget Partnership
January 1, 2009

This brief analyzes the concept of the "resource curse" and its likely causes and effects. The interactions between political and economic factors are addressed, particularly in the context of transparency, democracy, and the management of both resources and development.

September 23, 2009

Oil, gas, and mineral companies can reduce global instability by opening the books on their payments, say investors, industry experts, and human rights advocates.

April 29, 2009

EG Justice collaborated with Publish What You Pay to produce a video that highlights the importance of revenue transparency in oil rich countries like Equatorial Guinea.

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