December 2017 (#232)

Report Launch eUpdate – December 2017

Dear friends and colleagues of Transparency International Australia,

Transparency International Australia is excited to inform you of the launch of key findings from the assessment of corruption risks in mining approval processes of resource-rich countries from across the globe

Launch: Corruption Risks in Mining Approvals
Transparency International is today launching a new report based on research in 18 resource-rich countries from Australia to Zimbabwe conducted as part of the Mining for Sustainable Development Programme led by Transparency International Australia. The report identifies systemic corruption risks in mining licencing and permitting processes and highlights what can be done to help prevent corruption infiltrating licencing processes.
Combatting corruption in mining approvals: assessing the risks in 18 resource-rich countries is the first in depth study to look at the very start of the mining process, when decisions are made about whether, where, and under what circumstances mining is permitted. It is based on research carried out by Transparency International in a diverse range of countries involving stakeholders from civil society, multilateral organisations, the mining industry and governments.

By understanding the corruption risks faced in diverse jurisdictions, we are in a better position than ever to work towards ensuring mining contributes to sustainable development. Transparency International Australia will continue to lead this initiative, engaging with our extensive network of stakeholders to drive the change that is so very needed,” said Serena Lillywhite, Chief Executive Officer, Transparency International Australia.

The research identified 140 distinct types of corruption risks and more than 750 stakeholders from a range of sectors were involved. A further 250 individuals participated in validation and review of the risk assessments.

This multi-country study used the Mining Awards Corruption Risk Assessment (MACRA) Tool, specially developed for Transparency International. Following extensive user testing, Transparency International is releasing an updated version of the Tool alongside the report.

This Programme is funded in Phase I by the BHP Billiton Foundation and the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).


Australia Report

In case you missed it, TI Australia last month released our Mining for Sustainable Development report. This research identifies and assesses the Corruption Risks in the Mining Approvals Process in Australia.

“This important research, Corruption Risks: Mining Approvals in Australia, documents the existing system of checks and balances that require transparency and accountability in the exploration license, and mining lease, approvals regime in Australia” said Serena Lillywhite, Chief Executive Officer, Transparency International Australia.

Visit the Mining in Australia page for more information, and to download the report and summary.

Twitter: @TIAustralia

Transparency International’s Mining for Sustainable Development Programme (M4SD) addresses where and how corruption can get a foothold in the mining approvals process.
Visit the M4SD page, or download the Factsheet for more information.
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