This quote summarizes the spirit overarching the launch of the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives (FCIL) funded project and implemented by Women In Mining (WIM) Guinea in partnership with Development Gateway. The project launch was held last week, on March 3rd in Conakry. This WIM Guinea initiative builds on our existing work in the extractives industry in Guinea. With partners, we will assess the involvement of women in disbursement of local economic development (FODEL) funds in the Boke region, and develop a digital tool to visualize the findings.
The Guinea Mining Code, Article 130 states that holders of a mining title have to pay an annual Local Development Contribution (LDC) to the impacted communes from their first commercial production, set to 0.5% of sales for category 1 substances (bauxite and iron) and 1% for other substances. Twenty percent of those funds should be allocated to women and youth. The main objective of the WIM Guinea’s initiative is to assess if women in the Boke region have benefited from FODEL funds and to understand the barriers women face in accessing and using those resources to promote their empowerment and contribute to the development of their communities.
Additionally, the WIM Guinea initiative aims to provide decision makers with the evidence needed to inform policies and strategies that would promote more women’s involvement in FODEL funds, and to inform development partners actions plan on tailored capacity building efforts to further empower women in the mining communities. The launch was opened by WIM Guinea’s President, Ms. Aissata Beavogui; Ministry of Mines General secretary, Mr. Mohamed Lamine Savané; and included the participation of Mrs Gabrielle Bilodeau, Canada’s second Secretary (Political and Public Affairs), the EITI National Secretariat and several civil society organizations currently working on issues of equity in the use of mining revenues in Guinea.
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Au cours des dernières années, DG a intensifié sa recherche dans le domaine des industries extractives (IE) en Afrique de l'Ouest, ce qui a permis de mieux cerner les lacunes en termes de données et d'identifier les opportunités du secteur. Nous avons constaté que les informations disponibles au grand public sont principalement axées sur la transparence des flux financiers et ciblent la scène internationale, mais occultent les facteurs non-financiers et l'impact local réel de l'industrie. Une question reste en suspens : comment promouvoir la divulgation de données susceptibles d'appuyer les communautés impactées par les activités extractives ?
In the past few years, DG has increased focus on the extractives industry (EI) in West Africa and learned tremendously about the data gaps and opportunities in this sector. Overall we are seeing that while data is available, it is focused primarily on financial transparency and geared to a global audience, omitting information on local impacts and non-financial factors. A big question remains: how do we ensure that data is also used to support the communities impacted by extractives?
As we review our strategy, we plan to share here much of what we’ve learned through programming in more than a dozen countries – from our work and from our excellent partners – about the state of data in agriculture, tobacco control, open contracting, and the extractive industries. For each theme, we’ll explore who are the key data users, the decisions they make, the most important data gaps, and the crucial risks of data (mis)use. Here we share previews from some of our flagship programs.