GLOBAL mining sector

Who gets the right to mine, and how?

Over 20 Transparency International Chapters, from some of the world’s most resource-rich countries, have come together to shine a light on how mining deals are made.

By focusing our spotlight on the start of the value chain we are working to prevent corruption before ground is even broken.

We are collaborating with an ever-growing network of global anti-corruption initiatives. We are working with governments, companies and communities who want to fix the flaws in the way mining permits are granted, flaws that leave the whole mining operation vulnerable to corruption.

Together, we are building coalitions against corruption, because we need to work together to create a fairer process for all.

Latest updates

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Introducing the new and improved MACRA Tool – incorporating gender

To prevent corruption in the process of granting mining licences, permits and contracts, you first need to understand and identify the corruption risks. Transparency International’s Accountable Mining Programme developed a custom tool to help you do just this.

Tailings submission
19 Dec: Global Tailings Review Consultation

The standard could be further strengthened by providing additional details and requirements around community participation and engagement, conflicts of interest, and whistleblowing protections.

The Mining Awards corruption risk assessment Tool

THe Mining Awards corruption Risk Assessment Tool

Our custom tool identifies the flaws in the mining awards process that enable corruption to thrive.


Business Integrity

Business Integrity

Business can reduce the risk that weaknesses in the mining awards system will be abused if they take a zero-tolerance approach to corruption.


Beneficial Ownership

Beneficial ownership

A lack of due diligence on mining licence applicants and inadequate methods to prevent, detect and manage conflicts of interest are major corruption risks.

Featured resource

New edition of the Mining Awards Corruption Risk Assessment (MACRA) Tool

In this third edition, we have added guidance on incorporating gender-related issues to make the corruption risk assessment gender sensitive. This includes instructions in each step on how to collect and use gender-related data as well as a dedicated annex with supplementary guidance.

Our Research

Our research examines where, how and under what conditions corruption occurs when mining permits are granted.

Our Global Report is filled with case studies from around the world, and the MACRA Tool details how users can explore corruption loopholes in their own countries. These publications are available in English, French and Spanish.

Our network

We are a global network of Transparency International Chapters working in some of the world’s most resource-rich countries. Click on the countries below to see national-level research into the corruption risks in mining approvals.


Our Insights

We are grateful for the support we receive for this work from the BHP Foundation and the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign affairs and Trade.