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Interviews, background on NRGI research and training events and up-to-the-minute analysis by staff and experts from around the world.

Qatar’s alleged plot to “buy” the 2022 World Cup has been making global news recently, with salacious stories of bribes paid to African and Caribbean FIFA officials and deals to exchange natural gas for votes...

On 12 June, the Natural Resource Governance Institute, formerly the Revenue Watch Institute - Natural Resource Charter, will launch the second edition of the Natural Resource Charter—a set of principles for societies on how to best harness the opportunities created by extractive resources for development—at its annual charter conference in Oxford, England.

Back in August 2012, when the SEC issued detailed rules under Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act, I was among those who commented that it was a huge step toward transparency in the oil, gas and mining industries...

In line with U.S. and EU legislation, the EITI now requires companies to report payments on a project-by-project basis. It also encourages countries to disclose the identity of the real owners—“beneficial owners” – of the companies that have acquired rights to extract oil, gas and minerals.

During last month’s Asia-Pacific hub training in Indonesia, RWI-NRC and the Universitas Gadjah Mada organized a field trip for participants to Bojonegoro, an oil-producing district in East Java...

It takes a lot of water to mine copper. This week a new report from Chile revealed that copper mining in the country’s northern region consumes the equivalent of 20 Olympic swimming pools per hour...

On the eve of America’s Memorial Day weekend, the White House released the Spring 2014 “Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.” Among the many planned regulatory activities across 60 federal agencies is an upcoming SEC rule on oil and mining transparency that will shed light...

In March, Ukrainian police found 42 kilograms of gold and $4.8 million in cash in the home of the country’s former minister of energy...

One topic of conversation on the second and last day of the “New Petroleum Producers Discussion Group” event at Chatham House in London was how governments could get better advice from the international development advisory “industry.”

Today the United Kingdom’s Chatham House hosted a discussion on so-called “new producers”, countries with significant petroleum exploration but little or no operational experience.

Mineriaypetroleo.org fills a gap in public access to information about the extractive industries in Mexico, where oil extraction in nine states provides 35 percent of budget revenues and where mining concessions occupy 16 percent of all land.

El portal mineriaypetroleo.org llena parte del vacío existente en torno al acceso a la información pública sobre las industrias extractivas en México.

Publish What You Pay coalition partners in Southeast Asia launched the Civil Society Organization Technical Working Group, a team organized at the most recent PWYP conference in Manila to carry out a plan to integrate free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) into national policies in the region.

More than a hundred civil society actors from various countries gathered to talk about two hot topics in the Asia-Pacific region: extractive issues and the future of natural resource governance.

The Natural Resource Governance Institute has posted a new discussion paper demonstrating how governments and citizens alike can tap open data to analyze countries’ hydrocarbon sectors.

At a recent proposal-writing workshop organized by the Revenue Watch Institute – Natural Resource Charter in Erbil, Iraq, three participants thoughtfully answered a question: how is oil a tool for development?

In an open letter to President Enrique Peña Nieto, Oscar-winning film director Cuarón has summed up the uncertainties of Mexicans citizens in ten questions about the ongoing reform of the energy sector.

In April the Revenue Watch Institute [now the Natural Resource Governance Institute] organized a three-day workshop with Khazar University, in Baku, where stakeholders gathered from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Ukraine to strengthen their networks and knowledge of extractive issues.

Last month, Ilya Ponomarev earned a place in history as the only one of 446 members of the Russian Duma to vote against making Crimea a part of Russia. But back in December, I had an interesting exchange with him during one of the sessions I was delivering at the Revenue Watch Institute’s Eurasia parliamentary workshop...

A few weeks ago colleagues from the Myanmar Coalition for Transparency and Accountability and I represented Myanmar at RWI-NRC’s three-day training workshop on subnational governance of the extractive sector, in Bogor, Indonesia...

Codelco, Chile’s state-owned copper company, reports that it needs more than $20 billion for structural projects over the next decade. According to the country’s finance minister, Chile’s natural resource funds, otherwise known as sovereign wealth funds, could be asked to cough up the cash.

For three days in March, I took part in a training conducted by the Revenue Watch Institute – Natural Resource Charter (RWI-NRC) on subnational governance of the extractive sector. To attend, I travelled from Malaysia to Bogor, Indonesia...

Most southeast Asian countries operate relatively well developed extractive sectors. However, at the local level, significant knowledge asymmetries remain...

Since the massive Oyu Tolgoi gold and copper mine opened in the Gobi Desert in 2010, billions of Mongolian tugrugs have poured into the government’s coffers in Ulaanbaatar...