The evolving role of CSR in international development: Evidence from Canadian extractive companies’ involvement in community health initiatives in low-income countries
By engaging in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), transnational companies operating in the extractive industries ‘space’ verbally commit to preventing environmental impacts and providing health services in low-income countries. However, the actual impacts of CSR initiatives can be difficult to assess.
Authours help to bridge this gap by analysing the reach of health-related CSR activities financed by Canadian mining companies in the low-income countries where they operate. found that in 2015, only 27 of 102 Canadian companies disclosed information on their websites concerning health-related CSR activities for impacted communities. Furthermore, for these 27 companies, there is very little evidence that alleged CSR activities may substantially contribute to the provision of comprehensive health services or more broadly to the sustainable development of the health sector. Read More here
Battle of the taxes: Who comes out on top?
Australia and Africa compared. The analysis by PWC aims to stimulate discussion on what can be done by the Australian and African governments and the mining sector to maximise the potential of their respective mining industries and generate income for both. Read more here.
Ghana’s Gold Mining Revenues: An Analysis of Company Disclosures
Focusing on the gold sector, the aim of this briefing is to explore ways company
disclosures can be used by government, civil society, media and other oversight
actors to better understand the revenues generated within Ghana’s gold sector and
use this new data source as an accountability tool within the country. And found the country was getting little revenue from the 10% free carry it requires each operator to hand over.Read Morehere
BOOK: Rethinking International Investment Governance: Principles for the 21st Century
The aims to serve as a practical resource for those interested in the elements of an international investment system that promotes sustainable development and achieves legitimacy by providing benefits to all stakeholders. Read the summary here
CFP for edited volume on: Making visible the invisible: African women in mining
Deadline for abstract: 10 October 2018 Deadline for submission of full papers: 15 Dec 2018
Invitation to scholars working on Women in Mining across Africa (broadly) to contribute to an edited book volume which aims to focus on contributions (through labour and otherwise) and roles (through social reproduction or resistance struggles) played by African women in mining/extractive industries.Some of the question hoped papers submitted will address include, but not limited to; what role have women played in mining in Africa, in what ways have their contributions been undermined? What, if anything, does broadening the definition of ‘work’ illuminate about women’s role in mining? In what ways has femininity or female-ness been used to silence and side-line women and make invisible their contributions in mining? In countries where females were forbidden from mines, how did they respond? How were legislative orders banning women from mining negotiated to enable women to participate in mining- even “illegally”? If gender in important in mining, as demonstrated by the masculine historiography, how are gendered identities constructed and what about mining makes possible the valorisation of masculinities while femininities are undermined? How do women who are currently working in the mines see themselves? In what ways can we centre and appreciate multiple femininities and move beyond the binary notions of gender when looking at women/female mineworkers?
Authors who are interested in submitting a paper should, in the first instance, send a short abstract-length proposal (not more than 250 words) to Asanda Benya (firstname.lastname@example.org ) outlining the scope of their paper and its novelty by the 10th of October 2018. General inquiries can also be directed to this address.
World Governance Indicators: The latest annual updates to the Worldwide GovernanceIndicators(WGI) reports aggregate and individual governance indicators for over 200 countries and territories over the period 1996–2017 Download the data set and use the interactive data viewer. Read more here
Date: 24th – 26th September 2018 Place: Dar es Salaam
In The News
Enforce new extractive industries law, Government told
The deals that the government signs on its citizens’ behalf need to be accessed by the public. Civil society organisations say despite Tanzania’s promising progress to ensure extractive companies embrace transparency and accountability, no contract has been officially disclosed. Read morehere
Tanzania: Oil and Gas Deals Tricky, Says Govt
Addressing the Oil and Gas Congress-2018 that met in Tanzania in September, the minister urged investors-in-waiting to be patient as the government seeks to ensure whether or not the projects are viable – and are of the mutual benefits to both sides. Read more here. You can follow the discussion on twitter with #CWCTOG
Will Tanzania end ‘unfriendly’ pact with Netherlands?
Tanzania was on Friday racing against time as the deadline for terminating its 17-year-old Bilateral Investment Treaty with the Netherlands, which has been viewed as oppressive, drew close. The BIT, signed in 2001 and effected in 2004, has been opposed by civil society lobbies in both Tanzania and the Netherlands as biased towards the Dutch and not people-centred. Read morehere
29 companies line up for gas pipeline contract
At least 29 multinationals have shown interest in conducting feasibility study and ultimately, constructing a pipeline that will pump natural gas from Tanzania to Uganda as the latter seeks to the product (natural gas) for power generation (electricity) and heating in the iron and steel manufacturing industries. Read more here
Tanzania Sees Uganda Gas Pipeline Kicking Off in Three Years
The Tanzania Petroleum Development Corp. is confident a natural-gas pipeline to Uganda will start in 2021, according to acting Managing Director Kapuulya Musomba. Read more here
Europe Prepares for Natural Gas Price Hike:
Europe’s natural gas and electricity markets are heading into the winter heating season with prices at record highs amid various supply outages in already tight markets and uncertainty over how much flexibility in gas and power generation there will be. Read more here
EventsUpcoming EventsAFRICA’S INTERDRATED OIL, GAS AND ENERGY
Date: 1-3 October, 2018 Place: Cape Town International Convention centre, South AfricaELLED CoP Webinar: Implementing Local Content Strategy Across Extractive Industry Companies: Converting Corporate Ambitions into Site-Level Success
This webinar features a discussion on effective integration of corporate local value creation strategy in site level operations. Aimed in particular at corporate level sustainability management, site-level procurement representatives, and consultants working with companies on local content strategy, it will feature the insights and experience of two of the global leaders on local content, Shell and Anglo American.Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Time: 9:30 am | Eastern Daylight TimeOil & Gas Tanzania
Oil & Gas Africa will offer participants the opportunity to showcase the industry’s latest achievements and technologies while networking with key figures from the region’s oil and gas sector. The exhibition brings the industry together in a forum that is conducive to business. This event is not only a key international event on Oil and Gas exploration in Tanzania but also an important platform for establishing and building business relations globally.Date: 13-15 Nov 2018 Place: Diamond Jubilee Upanga, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaOpportunity to evaluate the media: NRGI is seeking one or a team of evaluator(s) to assess the effectiveness of media development interventions in Ghana, Myanmar, Tanzania and Uganda
|The Tanzania Petrostate Programme Blog is produced by the joint programme of three institutions: REPOA and the NBS in Tanzania, and CMI in Norway with support from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam. The purpose of the blog is to draw attention to publications and reports on the gas and petroleum sectors, which may be of interest to researchers, politicians and the general public. The blog does not state opinions but merely links to relevant postings on the world wide web with a brief description and/or quotes of the content and opinions stated by authors.The Petrostate Programme runs a website at http://www.tanpetstate.org/ where the participating institutions and researchers are presented and the aims of the programme, research results and publications are posted. The programme is also gradually building up a Resource Hub (http://data.tanpetstate.org/