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On behalf of the team at Partnership Africa Canada and Publish What You Pay- Canada I would like to offer our most sincere thanks for your generosity. Your donation will help us in continuing to promote effective resource governance, and in breaking the link between natural resources and conflict.

     Bernard Taylor
     Exectutive Director
     Partnership Africa Canada
 

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Image (right): A young boy in the "Paris" diamond mining camp, Liberia, June 2007.

Credit: Shawn Blore

Briefing Notes and Program Updates

ICGLR Regional Certification


PAC has produced a popularized briefing note on the ICGLR’s Regional Certification Mechanism, which explains the objectives of the mechanism and how it works.
 
 
 

Women, Security, and Resource Governance


Academic-Practitioner workshops on Gender-Based Violence
Carleton University’s Institute of African Studies and Partnership Africa Canada have been collaborating for several years.  The Director of PAC’s Great Lakes Programme, Joanne Lebert, and the Institute have co-organized two academic-practitioner workshops on Sexual Violence since 2010.  The first of these was held in Ottawa, Canada. An edited volume, based on workshop I proceedings, is to be published by Routledge Canada in 2013. With the generous funding of IDRC, SSHRC and the Canadian Embassy in Kinshasa, DRC, a second workshop was held in Bujumbura, Burundi in February 2013. To see the agenda, click here.
 
Drawing on some of the recommendations emerging from these two workshops, Carleton University and PAC are now exploring the possibility of supporting an academic-practitioner research.  Click here to see the draft plan.

Research Publications

Partnership Africa Canada investigates challenges in the governance of artisanal gold mining in the three countries—and the vulnerabilities posed by the illicit trade of gold on the region.
 
This report analyzes the artisanal gold flows within and out of the Great Lakes Region with the perspective of promoting responsible supply chain management in the context of the ICGLR Regional Initiative on Natural Resources and the OECD Due Diligence Guidance.
 
This report is a contribution to a growing body of research that seeks to better understand the illicit trade of gold and diamonds emanating from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the role industry and state actors play - primarily in neighbouring countries and the United Arab Emirates - in facilitating this illegality.
 
This report prepared by PAC for the ICGLR and released in March 2011, describes the regional certification mechanism (RCM) for tracking high value and conflict prone minerals in Africa’s Great Lakes region. Based on lessons learned from other certification mechanisms, particularly the Kimberley Process, it promotes key principles that will make for a stronger and more effective regulatory scheme for four minerals—namely gold, coltan, tungsten and tin.
 
The war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was marked by almost unimaginable atrocities, including millions killed and displaced in a war that seven nations have participated in. Most horrifically, sexual assault became a major part of the violence with rape being so systematic and brutal that doctors in the DRC are now classifying wounds inflicted by rapists as combat injuries. This report delves into the gendered dimensions of war in the DRC.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Conflict Minerals

 

image-ICGLR RCM-03-2011Research Publications

PAC's work in the Great Lakes Region has covered a wide array of issues, from gender, natural resource governance, and human security; piloting supply chain tracking and chain of custody systems; and formalizing the artisanal mining sector. Likewise, the Great Lakes Program has produced a number of high quality publications across a similar array of issues. Click here to see the full collection.

 
 

Policy-Brief-port image June2008Briefing Notes and Program Updates

PAC regularly publishes updates pertaining to the full range of our operations. To learn more about the current state of our programs on the ground, click here.

 

 
 
 

bagging and tagging Rutongo April 2011 BTechnical Documents, Manuals, and Relevant Legal Texts

The Great Lakes program provides technical assistance to governments, civil society, and other stakeholders. This includes providing assessments of mineral tracking systems, advising on the development of regional standards and supporting their implementation, and ensuring compliance with effective due diligence programs. 


ICGLR SecretariatPublications from our Partners

PAC's approach is a collaborative one, and tripartite by nature. As such we have created many partnerships with various organizations, including national governments, regional bodies, and various members of civil society. Click here to view a selection of materials from our partners.

 

Revenue Transparency

An Eye on Disclosure: The PWYP-Canada Guide to Accessing Information on Canadian Companies

2012-03 image-Eye on Disclosure-EngAn Eye on Disclosure: The PWYP-Canada Guide to Accessing Information on Canadian Companies is a tool developed for PWYP partners around the world looking to gain access to information on the companies operating in their areas. The guide provides examples of the type of information that can be found in the securities disclosure documents of Canadian mining companies, as well as instructions on how these documents can be accessed. To access the guide in french,  click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Lifting the Veil: Exploring the Transparency of Canadian Companies

Lifting-the-veil01Publish What You Pay Canada has published a pioneering report on public disclosure regulations in Canada's extractive industries. The report details the strengths and weaknesses of Canadian disclosure rules, providing NGOs, investors and the media with a new and detailed roadmap for holding mining oil and gas companies accountable for their activities and policies.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Research and Policy Briefs

The Resource Revenue Transparency Working Group: Recommendations on Mandatory Disclosure

In partnership with the Mining Association of Canada, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, and the Revenue Watch Institute, PWYP - Canada has produced a draft framework for the disclosure of payments to governments for Canadian oil and mining companies operating domestically and internationally.

Opening Africa's Data

There is growing pressure from the development community, private sector and international institutions to open Africa’s data as a mechanism for promoting economic development and making government more accountable. As African governments begin to heed these calls and move towards opening up government information, its necessary to develop a better understanding of the broad set of implications that go hand-in-hand with opening data, both positive and negative, if it’s going to live up to expectations. This research brief is meant to provide a contextual look into existing research and commentary on open data in Africa as well as other developing countries grappling with similar contexts and challenges.

Canadian Implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

PWYP-Canada's first position paper discusses Canada's recent involvement in the EITI as a supporting country, and demonstrates why full implementation of the EITI is necessary to ensure greater transparency in the extractive sector, both nationally and internationally.

Staying Ahead of the Curve: Meeting Canada's Commitment to Transparency and Good Corporate Citizenship in the Extractive Industries

PWYP-Canada's second Position Paper features a comparison of the disclosure requirements in Canada and the US, following the US adoption of the Dodd-Frank Act.  The paper focuses on two specific requirements set out in the new law, including disclosure of payments to host governments and reporting on measures taken to assure conflict minerals do not enter a company's supply chain.  It concludes that harmonizing Canadian disclosure requirements with those set out in the Dodd Frank Act is necessary in order to ensure investor protection for companies operating on both sides of the border, as well as for Canada to live up to its commitment to transparency and corporate accountability.

 


 

APERIO - PWYP-Canada Newsletter

Publish What You Pay - Canada periodically publishes the APERIO newsletter. To view the achive, click here to be taken to the PWYP Canada publications page.

 


 

PWYP - International

Publish What You Pay - International maintains an extensive collection of resources and publications. For further reading, please visit their site.

Conflict Diamonds

 
Reap What you Sow-eng-Nov2012Research Publications
 
PAC's research publications in the area of conflict diamonds date back to January of 2000 with The Heart of the Matter - Sierra Leone, Diamonds and Human Security. Since that time, we have released a number of highly influential reports detailing the state of diamond production in a number of countries, as well as analyses of the international efforts to ensure that diamonds are conflict free and are produced with a respect for human rights. Click here to see the full series of reports.
 
 
 
KPLogoDiamond Watchlist
 
The Diamond Watchlist was established by PAC to highlight countries of concern. These countries pose serious problems in terms of their Kimberley Process compliance, or have high incidences of violence or human rights abuses related to the production of diamonds. Go to the Diamond Watchlist here.
  
 
 
 
Policy-Brief-port image June2008Programme Publications
 
These include a number of reports, including annual reviews of the diamond industry in a number of countries, and the research documents which led to the establishment of the Diamond Development Initiative. Click here to view.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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PAC's periodic newsletter on the international effort to end diamond-related conflict, human rights abuses and corruption around the world. Read more here.

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