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Who wins if Zimbabwe Joins EITI?

By Mukasiri Sibanda & Marco Zaplan Recent news, which the government has not refused, suggested that Zimbabwe is not keen on joining the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI). By joining EITI, the mining sector – the main engine for economic growth, would have been opened for citizens to question government …

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Transparency and the challenging path to accountability, lessons from Gwanda mining community

Mukasiri Sibanda, Emily Nickerson, and Bekezela Maduma Giant strides, in the past decade, have been made by Publish What You Pay (PWYP) campaign to improve the extractive sector transparency landscape world over. The results are quite telling. 51 countries are now implementing the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) – a global best …

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Child Rights and why they matter in environmental justice and mining

By: Josephine Chiname Introduction and Background In Zimbabwe, the discourse centred around environmental justice in the mining sector has developed over the years. Environmental justice has emerged as an important part of the movement calling for responsible investors who respect and promote a clean and healthy environment in host mining …

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ZELA Press Release-Stop the Machete!

MULTISTAKEHOLDER CONVENING ON VIOLENCE IN THE ARTISANAL & SMALL-SCALE GOLD MINING SECTOR (17/01/2020) Stop the Machete! For immediate release Harare, 16/01/2020- The Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) with support from the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM) will tomorrow host a one-day multi-stakeholder conference to discuss the attention-grabbing spate of …

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Understanding violence in Artisanal Small Scale Mining in Zimbabwe: Drivers, Implications and Key Options

By Mukasiri Sibanda-Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association Amid socio-economic malaise facing Zimbabwe, mining is the only remaining silver lining. The sector underpins the country’s socio-economic growth prospects. Gold which is expected to contribute US$4 billion, a third of the anticipated US$12 billion earnings from mining by 2023, undoubtedly, is strategic to the …

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Upscaling Meeting, the results

Compiled G. Muhwahwa Following an application for upscaling filed with the Chimanimani rural district council, SOCNET was invited to the Environmental and Social services meeting held on the 4th of December in the district council boardroom. Present were council officials from the environment and social services department.These include the Chairperson …

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Does the 2020 National Budget have mining fiscal scaffolds?

By Mukasiri Sibanda (Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association) Soft landing into the budget analysis A few days after the release of the 2020 National Budget Statement, the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) received an invitation from the Clerk of Parliament, to share its insights from a mineral resource governance perspective. The …

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