This Toolkit argues that the quality of urban governance can mean the difference between cities characterized by prosperity and inclusiveness and cities characterized by decline and social exclusion. It describes how increased transparency at the local level can help in combating urban poverty and enhancing civic engagement. Promoting transparency, through the application of a range of public education, public participation, e-governance, ethics and institutional reform instruments, can (1) reduce citizen apathy; (2) make service delivery contribute to poverty reduction; (3) increase city revenues; and, (4)raise ethical standards.
Breaking the Curse: How Transparent Taxation and Fair Taxes Can Turn Africa's Mineral Wealth into Development
This report has been compiled by a group of African and international civil society organisations concerned about the lack of transparency in mining contracts, as well as the revenue that national budgets forego because of excessive mining tax concessions as well as multinational mining companies avoiding and evading tax.
Two incidents early in 2000 concerning metals mines in Romania have dramatically increased public consciousness of the environmental and safety hazards of the mining industry. In January, the accidental release of large amounts of cyanide effluent from the Aurul mine in Romania resulted in major media exposure of the resulting river pollution. In March, a second accident at another nearby mine released heavy metal-containing effluent and sludge into the same river system. To address public concern about cyanide, a two-day multi-stakeholder Workshop was held in May to consider development of a voluntary industry Code of Practice for the use of cyanide in mining.
A Guide to Getting Started in Local Procurement: For companies seeking the benefits of linkages with local SMEs
This Local Procurement Guide is designed to provide tools and resources for companies to effectively integrate Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as suppliers through capacity building and assessment tools, by creating a policy and strategy for local procurement.
This report explores four key strategies companies can us to expand economic opportunity: 1) creating inclusive business models; 2) developing human capital; 3) building institutional capacity; and 4) helping to optimize the "Rules of the Game."
University of Colorado web site that contains information on conflict mapping, including links to additional resources.
This guide discusses three parts of accountability - laws, norms, and values - that are part of an interactive system. That is, values that embrace human rights compliance with law and norms. And knowledge of law and norms reinforces values.
A Presentation on mining, governance, and revenue management.
By mapping a company’s relationship to the economy in which it operates and by leveraging the relationships it discovers in that process, businesses can do much to advance their strategic objectives and advance local economic growth.
Partnerships on environmental issues account for a third of all business corporate social responsibility partnerships on a global level and education projects are the preferred corporate social responsibility partnerships at a local level. These are some of the key findings of "The Business Guide to partnering with NGOs and the United Nations", the first ever global effort to scan and rate NGOs, UN agencies and other social actors from a business partnership perspective.