To develop an Index capable of measuring women’s conditions in mining communities, in partnership with OSIWA Guinea. DG developed a Pilot Index that would reveal the relevance and capacities of a more global Index at country level. The WIM Index is used to monitor progress in improving women’s living conditions in mining communities, provides a clear perspective on what hinders women’s involvement in the mining sector, fuels local and national conversation, and promotes decision-making towards sustainable solutions.
This project demonstrates DG’s experience improving transparency and citizens’ ability to pursue accountability in the male-dominated extractives industry (EI). DG understands that gender considerations in EI should extend beyond merely the number of women in EI positions of power – instead, it must also protect women’s rights, education, and health.
DG conducted assessment interviews with individuals from the National Institute of Statistics, a few private sector companies, the MoH, MoE, and the HR dept of the Ministry of Mining. We then identified the priority themes and variables to be included in the Pilot phase and prepared the questionnaires based on themes around gender equity and women’s empowerment, the role of CSOs in advocating for gender mainstreaming, the role of women in the community and the impact of extractive activities on women’s health.
Gender at the Forefront of Index Design & Development
DG completed design and development of the Index, to best visualize and analyze women’s involvement in the sector, and track broader and cross-cutting dimensions – including indicators to reflect women’s representation and power in the private sector and within the communities. We also made institutional and organizational recommendations to WIM Guinea’s platform and organizational sustainability.
Launch, Uptake, and Engagement
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.