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Taking Control: How Citizens Can Hold Industry to Account

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Wilson, Emma; Schwarte, Christoph; Cotula, Lorenzo; Garside, Ben; Siegele, Linda
Date: 2009
Agency: International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London
Series: IIED Briefing Paper
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/6130
Sector: Social Organization
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Subject(s): local participatory management
accountability
Abstract: "The oil, gas and mining industries look set to remain major players in global development, despite urgent efforts to end the world’s fossil fuel dependency and diversify energy sources. The activities of the extractive industries often impinge directly, and sometimes harshly, on communities and the environment. But local people are rising to the challenge. From Azerbaijan to Nigeria, Kazakhstan, Mali and Mongolia, citizens are working to promote transparency, accountability and responsible practice in these industries. A lack of skills and resources can impede crucial progress – so knowing the tools that work to make industry accountable is key."

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