EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES – COMMON CHALLENGES
Extractive resources, such as oil, gas, timber and metals, can have a transformative impact on national development by creating jobs, generating revenue and stimulating economic growth. Yet harnessing these opportunities presents numerous challenges, especially in countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence.
In too many cases the sector is plagued by decades of opaque contracts, backroom deals and decisions taken without public consultation or dialogue with local communities. There is little public access to authoritative information about profits made, development gains achieved, or associated risks. This often leads to conflicts and social grievances.
Despite significant progress, current transparency initiatives need to be taken forward to enable data to be published in an open, easily accessible and interoperable format. Doing this will allow stakeholders to use extractives data to inform public debate, build confidence, support new investments, prevent conflict, and improve the development impact of the sector.
WHAT IS MAP-X?
The “Mapping and Assessing the Performance of Extractive Industries” initiative, or MAP-X, is an answer to some of these challenges. Born out of a request by the g7+ group of conflict-affected states, MAP-X aims to:
- Transform transparency information into an open data and interoperable format that is easy to access by all stakeholders in a visually intuitive platform.
- Provide a one-stop shop for stakeholders to access authoritative data on the extractive sector and other contextual information.
- Facilitate community engagement and dialogue in the award and renewal of concessions.
- Help stakeholders monitor the compliance and performance of individual concessions across the entire extractive industry value chain using economic, social and financial criteria.
MAP-X consists of three basic components:
Open data platform:
MAP-X will offer a national platform for visualizing extractives sector data that can be tailor-made to local needs, is owned by stakeholders, and supported by the UN and World Bank. MAP-X is a tool that can reinforce the implementation of national transparency commitments, such as those under EITI as well as National Action Plans of the Open Government Partnership.
Normative data standard and workflow:
MAP-X will support data suppliers and other stakeholders in consolidating, validating, reconciling and licensing the data and making it available in standardized open data formats. This will ensure that different data sets can be integrated together, and support quality control by ensuring that all the data fed into the system is accurate, authorized, validated and interoperable.
Stakeholder capacity building:
MAP-X will offer a capacity building programme for stakeholders to comply with the standard, manage the workflow and use the open data platform to inform decision-making. This will ensure a bottom-up approach and strengthen national ownership of the platform for it to become a key information and monitoring tool adapted to conflict sensitive contexts.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM MAP-X?
The key long-term beneficiaries of MAP-X are local authorities and communities, national ministries, and extractive companies in countries with governments seeking to build an extractive sector based on inclusiveness, authoritative data transparency and stakeholder dialogue.
Ultimately, MAP-X is a tool to build confidence between stakeholders in the extractive sector that should help share and maximize benefits for peacebuilding and sustainable development.
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For further information please contact David Jensen, Head of ECP, at: firstname.lastname@example.org