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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.

"Coming from Tripoli, my four colleagues and I—representatives of the Libyan press, media, civil society and geosciences—arrived in Beirut on June 1..."

"At first, I thought that the NRGI knowledge hub training in Lebanon would simply be like the many other events I have attended on various issues. However, I realized from the presentation of the program and the opening messages that the organizers were serious and knew well what they were doing."

NRGI's governance program officer Robert Pitman interviews Daniel Gbondo, a coordinator with Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources, about mining governance.

This summer Indonesia submitted its second 2010-2011 report to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), marking the global coalition’s 200th published report...

The extractive industry is an important driver of economic development for many resource-rich countries. But to gain financially, sacrifices are sometimes made.

NRGI's head of legal and economic programs, Patrick Heller, interviews Abdoulaye Magassouba, an advisor with the presidency of Guinea, about mining governance in the African country.

Colombia is preparing to join EITI. As part of this effort, it has established a multi-stakeholder platform, in which civil society is represented by Transparency International – Colombia, Universidad del Externado and Fundacion Foro Nacional por Colombia, the last two being NRGI grantees.

Just over a year ago, we broke new ground with the Resource Governance Index, or RGI, which measures transparency and accountability in the oil, gas and mining sectors of 58 countries...

Stakes are high in Afghanistan as officials audit the presidential runoff election to determine who will lead the country during its pivotal “transformational decade.”

These days, a soccer World Cup is a multi-billion dollar project, with a number of financial "winners," such as FIFA, and many losers, given the development priorities that are sacrificed to build gleaming stadia and dedicated infrastructure, much of it with little post-games use.

The bumpy road leading to the gold town of Obuasi in the Ashanti region depicts the worrying state of an area that has played a significant role in Ghana’s economic development...

Imagine this: A biochemical process forms hydrocarbons, in reserves that are proven or unproven, and in types that are sweet and light or heavy and sour. Then find out the commercial viability of such reserves and measure the output in barrels per day...

Events unfolding in two major oil producers underscore the critical role that state-owned companies play in shaping how much a country earns from its oil—and how much citizens can expect to benefit.

NRGI, with support from the UK government, is working to help the country’s nascent civil society play a more active role in demanding natural resource transparency and accountability.

In April 2014, residents of Tsogttsetsii and Khanbogd soums (districts) gathered for a meeting on mining. These soums, located in a remote part of the Gobi desert, had been the setting for mining meetings before—but this one was different.

Cameroon is one of fourteen African countries that have joined EITI, a global coalition of partners committed to improving open and accountable management of natural resource revenues...

FIFA's governance and corruption challenges keep piling up as the man at the helm, Sepp Blatter, clings to power indefinitely, illustrating the extent to which some international sports organizations lag behind many countries in terms of democratic governance standards.

Ghana is seeking to increase the information available to citizens on mining, oil and gas extraction activities. The West African nation, which has the continent's second largest gold output as well as valuable undersea oil and gas deposits...

Canada's Northwest Territories has huge resource potential. To investors and oil and mining companies, it is a vast landscape abundant in diamonds, gold, silver, copper, zinc, rare earth minerals, oil and natural gas. Climate change is expected to open up even more land and sea for exploration and production.