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On March 30, Asiia Sasykbaeva, deputy speaker of parliament in Kyrgyzstan, met with Galib Efendiev, Eurasia director for the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), to exchange views on the country’s mining sector development and legal framework.

In partnership with Fundacion Foro Nacional Por Colombia, the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) organized a resource revenue management workshop for trainers in Bogota, from 16 to 20 March....

NRGI president Daniel Kaufmann recently spoke with SUSTAIN, the International Financial Corporation’s new online platform for business.

How do nations go from zero oil, gas and mining activity to full-scale, responsible development? A new report by the International Business and Economics Development Center explores Georgia’s potential to commercialize its resources, become a more profitable transit country for neighboring Azerbaijan, and join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), an international standard of transparency for resource-rich countries.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is in the midst of finalizing the fourth pillar of its new Fiscal Transparency Code (FTC) and public consultation on the draft has just drawn to a close...

In December 2014, NRGI president Dr. Daniel Kaufmann delivered a remote lecture to the Plataforma de la Sociedad Civil (G2020) in Madrid, Spain. Video of his speech is now available for viewing on YouTube.

The Dominican Republic holds lessons for those seeking to fight corruption in a range of settings and on Monday, 16 March, NRGI president Daniel Kaufmann will join a panel to discuss his work in the anticorruption space there. Watch the livestream.

As part of our programming, NRGI has developed five briefings offering an overview of the current situation in Myanmar's extractive sector on the following topics: EITI, contract disclosure, revenue management, state-owned enterprises and fiscal regimes.

The 2011 Tunisian uprising brought about unprecedented levels of freedom for civil society groups suddenly no longer hindered by regime co-optation or repression...

In early February, the government of Mongolia went to the nation's mobile phone subscribers with a seemingly simple opinion poll. To stabilize the value of its declining currency, should Mongolia (1) advance the Oyu Tolgoi mine and other large-scale development projects, or (2) reduce expenditures and consumption, and instill economic discipline? As their economy faltered, citizens essentially faced a choice between foreign investment or austerity measures. "Let's decide together," the survey entreated potential respondents.

The IMF is in the process of issuing a new Fiscal Transparency Code (FTC) to replace its Code of Good Practices on Fiscal Transparency. The existing code forms part of the IMF’s guidance on fiscal transparency to its member countries. It is used to prepare voluntary country reports, which guide IMF policy discussions with national authorities and provide valuable information on countries’ adherence to internationally recognized standards...

“Walking the talk.” “Practicing what you preach.” These oft-invoked metaphors speak to the importance of matching actions to words. Another cliché is “pulling back the curtain”—showing the world that you have nothing to hide. At the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), we assumed we were doing all of these things—until Transparify rang our bell.

Países como Chile, Colombia, México y Perú están entre las economías Latinoamericanas ricas en recursos naturales que han logrado avances en la gestión del sector extractivo, en particular con respecto a la transparencia de sus ingresos...

Daniel Kaufmann discusses the need to address resource governance challenges in Latin America and argues that broader institutional reforms are key to complementing and translating transparency initiatives into the effective governance of natural resources.

For many in energy importing economies, low prices are a boon. But the drop in commodity prices is impacting the wellbeing of citizens in developing, resource-rich countries...

This recently posted video is from the 2014 high-level executive extractives course at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government.

Oil is the lifeblood of modern economy. The discourse about how oil has made or marred the destinies of nations is intrinsically linked to its governance...

Students from the Madeleine Albright Institute of Global Affairs at Wellesley College recently asked NRGI governance policy analyst Marie Lintzer some fundamental and important questions about the governance of the extractive sector. We share the informative Q&A here on NRGI’s blog.

Zambians are at the polls today to choose the next president of their copper-rich country. A principal election issue has been how the country taxes its mining industry.

If you missed any of NRGI's top ten most popular blog posts in 2014, don't worry: We've got them all lined up for you right here...

Gold is the number-one mineral produced in the archipelago in value terms, and studies indicate that small-scale mining activities contribute 80 percent of gold production in the country.

In early 2015 the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) will begin its early validation process in Azerbaijan, where government opposition toward civil society organizations, including the unjust arrest of a prominent transparency advocate, has stalled EITI-related activities since 2013...

The Ebola outbreak materially affected the West African nation’s economy. In this Bloomberg TV piece, NRGI economic analyst Thomas Lassourd addresses the need for a transparent framework to encourage potential investors.

Increasing the transparency in the extractive industries has been a battle that has been fought over the last decade. The Publish What You Pay coalition launched in 2002, and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) was created a year later. The result? Public awareness of the size and potential of revenues from oil, gas and mining grew, and a movement towards open data in the sector has gathered steam.