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We have a new name: the Natural Resource Governance Institute. Our 70 staff around the globe are thrilled to continue our journey under this new banner.

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...

Discussion in Washington, DC of how transparency of payments to governments can improve the governance of natural resource wealth and combat corruption, plus the business case for consistent disclosure across jurisdictions.

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...

The Revenue Watch Institute – Natural Resource Charter (RWI-NRC) welcomes the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of our advisory council member Ilgar Mammadov...

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.

President Daniel Kaufmann looks back on the EITI international board meeting in Oslo and shares new tools and research for natural resource governance.

NRGI and the Oil for Development Program of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation's program seeks to accelerate civil society effectiveness in promoting the better management of oil, minerals, and gas...

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?

This year’s focus will be “Strengthening Resource Governance: Policy and the Application of Measurement,” and will bring together policy makers, practitioners, academics and other leading experts (including many from developing countries) to discuss the latest research and policy relating to the governance of resource wealth...

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.

RWI and the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies are offering a foundation course on natural resource governance to civil society and media from Iraq, Lebanon, Libya and Tunisia. The deadline for application is 7 May 2014 and...

RWI, has released research indicating that the Ghana Petroleum Funds meet 13 of 16 good governance fundamentals. Researchers concluded that the funds feature clear deposit, withdrawal and investment rules, effective oversight, and other essential attributes of good governance.

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...