In its 6 July edition, the Devpolicy Blog referred to a recent report from Transparency International: “Through the looking glass: Corruption risk in mining licensing and permitting in the pandemic era”.  This outlines 7 themes of the changed landscape for corruption risk in the mining industry and it and the blog post focuses on one such theme – the first stage in the mining value chain, when decisions are made about whether, where and how mining can take place; allowing for the granting (and/or extension) of licences and permits required. It highlights how corruption risk in the mining industry has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report is available at –

It outlines 7 intersecting themes that characterise the changed landscape for corruption risk in the approval of mining licensing and permitting; and considers the broader implications for environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance in the mining sector.

  1. Reconfiguring mining capital and mineral supply chains: The ‘good guys’ or the ‘race to the bottom’?
  2. Border closures and restricted travel: Mediating and dislocating global-local relations
  3. Cutting ‘red and green’ tape: Fast-tracking the economic recovery
  4. Opening up land and relaxing licensing conditions
  5. Stretched oversight: Government funding and pandemic distraction
  6. Giving and receiving: Corporate philanthropy and lobbying in pandemic times
  7. Shrinking civic space, digital engagement contested

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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