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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).

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."

Floods brought on by heavy rains have complicated life in the camps.

Blog: South Sudan's Second Anniversary: A long way to go

Last Tuesday South Sudan, the world's youngest country, celebrated its second anniversary. The new country gained independence on 9th July, 2011 after a referendum held in January that year with an overwhelming 98.83% of voters supporting independence.

Community leader Mr Bartolomeus, 48, on his ancestral land, recently cleared by a palm oil company. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Palm oil: The real problem is crystal clear through the Asian haze

Burning forests and land in Indonesia is an annual phenomenon, but this year fires have hit extreme levels and have created a dangerous haze over Singapore and Malaysia.

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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