Artisanal mining sector
Our Expertise: Extractives

How can we ensure a country’s natural resources actually benefit citizens?

Greater openness around natural resource management builds public engagement and accountability. DG aims to make extractives data compelling, interactive, and seamless – to enable technical and non-technical users alike to understand the impacts of extractive activities on communities and to increase data use in decision-making.

Our Background in Extractives

DG’s work in extractives began in 2015, as a partnership with the International Secretariat of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). We began building a deep knowledge of extractives data sources, reporting standards, and visualization techniques. Now, we lead innovative programs throughout West Africa assessing feasibility, measuring women’s participation, and presenting data on community impacts.

Understanding Each Country and Context

Though several extractive industry (EI) issues are common in mineral-rich countries, the first step we take in extractives projects is an in-depth assessment of the legal, institutional, and organizational contexts in place, thinking through what challenges might be shared across mineral-rich contexts. We also undertake technical assessments of existing systems and user needs. Understanding the national context helps assess a given country’s readiness to disclose data and guides our work at the country level.

Access and Increased Transparency

By pursuing a full understanding of country readiness to proactively manage and disclose extractives industry data, we aim to improve transparency and citizens’ ability to pursue accountability in the sector.

More Than Data Alone

EI sector data is complex and technical, with information often hidden in contracts, impact studies, or legal documents. DG compiles and translates this information into easy to understand data visualization and analysis tools that prioritize simplicity and ease, encouraging data use in decision-making, and support accountability mechanisms in the sector.

Applying a Gender Lens to EI Data

By increasing the supply of data about women’s and girls’ complex relationships with the male-dominated industry, we build evidence around the real obstacles women face in EI. We then work to document findings on gender and EI, which helps governments consider women in EI policy, programs, and solutions.

Offshore Extractives


WIM Guinea Index
WIM Guinea Index

DG developed a first-of-its-kind Women's Index for the Extractive Sector: the WIM Guinea Index. With support from the Open Society Initiative in West Africa (OSIWA), our partnership with WIM Guinea targets three mineral-rich Guinean communes: Boké, Siguiri, and Kérouané.

2019 - 2020
Extractive Industries Data Portals (EIDPs) for West Africa
Extractive Industries Data Portals (EIDPs) for West Africa

DG assessed the extractive data landscape in Senegal, Nigeria, and Guinea to determine the feasibility of developing an Extractives Industry Data Portal (EIDP) for each country.

2018 - 2020
Digitizing the Audit Process for the Nigeria Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative
Digitizing the Audit Process for the Nigeria Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative

With the Ford Foundation and NEITI, DG developed an Extractive Industry Data Portal (EIDP) tool to automate data collection and support the process of reconciling conflicting financial data shared by the private sector and the government. The tool simplifies the audit process and drastically improve the timeliness of NEITI’s reports.

2018 - 2021 Advise, Build

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WIM Guinea Validation Workshop
Les Fonds FODEL : Un appui aux femmes des es communautés minières avec WIM Guinée

Nous avons organisé un atelier de validation avec notre partenaire de mise en œuvre, Women in Mining (WIM) Guinea dans la région de Boké le 22 octobre 2022 pour confirmer les résultats d'une collecte de données conduite par WIM Guinée dans les sous-préfectures minières de Boké et Boffa. Les données ont révélé des améliorations potentielles des fonds de développement économique local (FODEL) et de leur administration qui, si elles sont mises en œuvre, pourraient permettre davantage aux femmes et aux associations de femmes des communautés minières de capitaliser sur ces fonds et de mieux les utiliser pour soutenir leur développement local.

March 7, 2023 Extractives Management
WIM Guinea Validation Workshop
FODEL Funds: Supporting Women in Mining Communities with WIM Guinea

DG and our implementing partner, Women in Mining (WIM) Guinea, held a validation meeting in the Boké region of Guinea on October 22, 2022 to confirm the findings of a data collection initiative that WIM Guinea conducted in the country’s Boké and Boffa mining subprefectures. The data revealed potential improvements to local economic development funds (FODEL) and their administration that, if implemented, could further enable women and women's associations in mining communities to capitalize on these funds and better use them to support their local development.

March 7, 2023 Extractives Management
Une réflexion sur les données des IE

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 ?

January 12, 2021 Extractives Management