Mineral resources must benefit all citizens

An investigative platform for advocacy

Mining Pachena Zimbabwe enables you to map, find, browse, and search mining company hierarchies, community monitoring reports on mining impacts and mineral revenue payments to government. You can trace relationships between child mining companies and their parent companies for easy access to integrated annual reports produced by listed companies, where they’re registered to check for companies domiciled in tax havens which are prone to Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) or find out who manages these companies to check for Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) or persons with corrupt track record, community pictures on mining impacts on human rights and community development and how much a company is paying to government. You can also access the data referred to by clicking on the map.

The information on this platform is publicly available, but it was previously hard to access and use for advocacy without exhausting resources. Tracking integrated annual reports of listed mining companies has been a painstaking exercise as some mining companies operating in Zimbabwe are privately registered. Yet detailed reports on financial performance, taxes paid to government, production, corporate social investments can be accessed through searching for the parent company which consolidates reports of its various mining companies. With improved accessibility to this data, you can more easily combat industry corruption and advocate for practice and policy changes that ensure that all citizens enjoy their fair share of mineral wealth.

“The absence of composite mapping of the mining and mineral revenue information that is currently publicly available is partly the cause for continued debate and, to some extent, confusion around mining information disclosure. Without an understanding of the mining information disclosure landscape, the calls for transparency and accountability by various actors have lacked traction because of wide generalisations. This has, in turn, made it difficult to give succinct and actionable recommendations on how to improve transparency in the mining sector.”
- SERA May 2015 Report Mineral Revenue Disclosure and Understanding the Information Needs of Various Stakeholders

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Partners

Oxfam Zimbabwe

For nearly 20 years, Oxfam has worked to right one of the world’s biggest wrongs: Countries that are rich in natural resources are often poor and suffer from high rates of inequality, corruption, human rights abuse, and environmental degradation.

Oxfam’s work on extractive industries across the Oxfam confederation under a common set of goals and objectives.

Our focus is on ensuring that:

  • Governments and companies increase financial transparency and pro-poor accountability for extractive industries revenue generation and expenditure
  • Governments and companies adopt and implement laws and policies respecting free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)
  • Companies respect and governments protect civil society space and the human rights of communities impacted by extractive industries operations
  • Gender justice becomes a central issue in global extractive industries reform efforts; and women’s rights are more progressively realized within the sector

We work with partners in more than 30 countries – from across Africa, Asia, the Americas and Pacific – to achieve these goals.

ZELA - Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association

Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association is a non-governmental organisation who seeks to promote environmental justice, sustainable and equitable use of natural resources, democracy and good governance in the natural resources and environment sector. We seek to accomplish our mission through legal and policy research, advocacy, impact litigation, conflict resolution and civic education. Our work spans over helping poor communities to assert and claim their environmental, economic, social and cultural rights within the natural resources and environmental sector. We also seek to ensure that environmental and natural resources management policies, strategies and legal frameworks respond positively to the needs of marginalized women, men and youths living in urban and rural communities.

Main Contributors

web.burza - web development

web.burza is a Croatian-based digital agency specializing in user journeys and full-stack development.

Open Data Kosovo - back end and data harmonization

ODK is a Kosovo-based tech nonprofit dedicated to improving good governance through technology and open data.

Res4Dev - data modelling and sector specific expertise

Res4Dev is a policy research firm assisting citizens in resource-rich developing countries.

Supporting Advisors and Contributors

Julie Lorch - initial UX concept

Friedrich Lindenberg - data modelling and data scraper development

Anders Pedersen - data modelling

Toby Marsden - database development

Women Hack For Non Profit - front end development

Disclaimer

While strenuous efforts have been made to check the veracity of data presented on this website, complete accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Some inaccuracies may occur - for example when company filings with various statutory bodies are not up to date. Where possible, the sources of information are indicated. The data is regularly updated.