Historic win in El Salvador on March 29 to ban all metallic mining and the work ahead to guarantee the right to water and food for all Salvadorans.

Blog: El Salvador makes history as first country to ban mining

El Salvador made history on March 29, 2017, becoming the first country in the world to prohibit open-pit, underground, and artisanal metal mining.

Villagers near Ka Chok, Cambodia are concerned about a mining concession granted to a Vietnamese company. Local farmers were not consulted about the concession and worry that they lose access to farm lands. Credit: Patrick Brown/Oxfam

Blog: 4 critical ways oil, gas, and mining companies must support local community rights

For oil, gas, and mining companies, gaining access to land and water can make or break a project. For many communities their land is their lifeline, and this can be lost when they don’t have a say and their rights are ignored. Today, Oxfam launched a new report reviewing the public policy commitments of 38 oil, gas, and mining companies around issues of community engagement and rights, with a particular focus on free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC).

Africa Rising: Time for a fairer deal for all

Blog: Africa Rising: Time for a fairer deal for all

I have joined global decision makers in Maputo this week for the IMF and Mozambiquan government’s joint “Africa Rising” conference, to take stock of Africa’s economic performance, resilience and challenges.

Much of Africa’s impressive economic growth over the last decade has been driven by new discoveries of oil, natural gas and mineral reserves. The continent has six of the top 10 fastest growing economies in the world. This growth is worth celebrating.

Capturing Africa's missing billions and making it work for its people

Blog: Capturing Africa's missing billions and making it work for its people

Oxfam co-hosted an event today featuring African politicians and academic and industry experts to discuss "How to make the African extractives industry work for African people."

Oxfam’s To-Do List for President Obama's Africa Trip

Blog: Oxfam’s To-Do List for President Obama's Africa Trip


Over the next decade, more than $1 trillion in natural resources will be extracted from the African continent. Currently, Africa exports more than $300 billion a year in oil, gas and mineral exports—more than four times the amount of aid the continent receives. But that money is not building roads, schools and hospitals for Africa’s people. In fact, booming extractives industries often lead to more poverty and powerlessness. 

In 2010, Africa’s oil, gas and mineral exports amounted to $333 billion. Photo: Rebecca Blackwell/Oxfam

Blog: Africa in control of its fortune

Several African countries are amongst today’s fastest growing economies in the world, boosted in many instances by new discoveries of oil, natural gas and strategic mineral reserves. Extreme poverty on the continent is in decline, and progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals has accelerated. A number of very poor African countries, including Malawi, Sierra Leone, and Ethiopia have made recent and substantial improvements in their levels of income equality.

En 2010, las exportaciones africanas de petróleo, gas y minerales ascendieron a un total de 333.000 millones de dólares de  Foto: Rebecca Blackwell/Oxfam

Blog: África debe ser dueña de su destino

Impulsados por el descubrimiento de nuevos yacimientos de petróleo, gas natural o de reservas estratégicas de minerales, son varios los países africanos que se encuentran entre las economías que más rápido crecen del mundo. La pobreza extrema disminuye en todo el continente y los progresos hacia la consecución de los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio se han acelerado. Recientemente, varios países africanos muy pobres, entre ellos Malawi, Sierra Leona y Etiopía, han mejorado de forma sustancial sus niveles de igualdad en los ingresos. 

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