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The 2008 Report on Revenue Transparency of Oil and Gas Companies evaluates 42 leading international and national oil and gas companies operating in 21 countries, based on the transparency of their reporting, particularly on payments made to governments for resource extraction rights.
The Global Development Alliance of USAID has recognized the increasing importance of how partnership’s are governed and (seen to be) held to account. The GDA has therefore commissioned AccountAbility to: Assist in its broader development and engagement in the field; and Develop a set of principles and a diagnostic rating tool of good governance and accountability practice that is appropriate to partnerships’ missions, objectives and their stakeholders. These tools are embodied in the Partnership Governance and Accountability (PGA) Framework and are aimed at improving partnership performance enhancing both their effectiveness and legitimacy.
The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) recognizes that comprehensive and sustained global action is required to reduce the scale of human-induced climate change and to adapt to its impact.
The Economic and Human Development Costs of Missing the Millennium Development Goal on Gender Equity
The main contribution of the paper is therefore to link the data about current trends in gender inequality in education with the results of studies that have estimated the impact of gender inequality on these various development outcomes. We will show that countries that fail to meet the MDG on gender inequality will have to face considerable costs in terms of foregone economic growth, as well as reductions in fertility, child mortality, and under-nutrition. These costs will already be apparent by 2005, but will mount thereafter. The paper is organized as follows. The next two sections discuss the theory and evidence for the claim that gender inequality might compromise progress in these various development outcomes. The following section will present the data on current trends in enrolments and transform them into the educational attainment variables that were used in the studies examining the costs of gender inequality. The next section will present the main results on the costs, while the conclusion summarizes the main findings.
September 29, 2011
With the expansion of the global search for oil, gas, and other natural resources in recent decades, extractive industry companies increasingly have extended their reach to remote and sensitive areas, as well as to more politically risky environments. Within this context, project-affected communities and civil society organizations increasingly demand public accountability of the corporations that implement large-scale projects with the potential to generate serious social and environmental impacts and of the public international financial institutions (IFIs) that sometimes participate in financing these projects.
A publication geared towards IFC private sector clients that serves as a resource guide in establishing effective community development programs. The Guide also includes 3 indepth case studies that demonstrate different ways of doing community development innovatively and effectively.
The report argues that unless there is a collapse in oil demand within the next five to ten years, there will be a serious oil 'supply crunch' - not because of below-ground resource constraints but because of inadequate investment by international oil companies (IOCs) and national oil companies (NOCs). An oil supply crunch is where excess crude producing capacity falls to low levels and is followed by a crude 'outage' leading to a price spike. If this happens then the resulting price spike will carry serious policy implications with long-lasting effects on the global energy picture.
The Sourcebook was written for World Bank Task Managers and those who work with them--to help them support participatory processes in economic and social development. The Sourcebook is primarily intended for readers who have already decided to use participatory approaches in their professional work. The World Bank Participation Sourcebook follows the definition of participation adopted by the Bank’s Learning Group on Participatory Development: participation is a process through which stakeholders influence and share control over development initiatives and the decisions and resources which affect them. The Sourcebook was written to discover how this could be achieved.