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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.

Falling oil prices have had dramatic effects on the solvency of highly oil-dependent countries, particularly those that have not saved much of their windfall receipts in boom years. In November, Ghana’s finance ministry presented its 2015 Budget Statement and Economic Policy to parliament...

A noteworthy study from NRGI partner Réseau de Lutte contre la Faim (RELUFA) combines EITI data and legal analysis to show the impact of mining projects on communities in northern Cameroon—where, despite 50 years of industrial extraction, social and economic development is lagging.

The Swiss government appears ready to join the ranks of countries that require their oil, gas and mining companies to disclose payments to foreign governments—but the country’s enormous commodity trading industry may not be covered by a new law.

The challenges of governing Nigeria’s oil sector are many. Years of corruption and theft – and now plummeting oil prices - present a tough mix for an economy largely dependent on resource revenues.

Ghana’s Minister of Finance has tabled before the country’s parliament the government’s 2015 budget and economic policy statement. The budget statement includes economic forecasts, estimated revenues and proposed resource allocation for the upcoming financial year, as well as projections for 2015 petroleum receipts.

For the past two and a half years, NRGI partners in Southeast Asia have worked together to create their very own, and very first, regional guide to governance in the extractive sector.

Las Naciones Unidas (ONU) aprobaron en el año 2000 los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio (ODM), como agenda común global para iniciar el Siglo XXI reduciendo de manera sustancial la pobreza y promoviendo el desarrollo humano en forma sostenible.

In 2013 the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) published its Resource Governance Index, a ranking of countries where extractive resources play a considerable role in economic and sustainable development.

Swiss commodities trader Trafigura has just announced that it will disclose its payments to the governments of the 48 countries party to the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI), including payments made to national oil companies in exchange for oil and gas, beginning in 2015.

With the new administration in Indonesia comes an opportunity to make much-needed changes in the way mining licenses are granted.

Since 2008, NRGI has partnered with academic institutions around the world to provide regionally relevant analysis and training to oversight actors, and to reduce capacity asymmetries between governments and extractive industry players.

Ghana’s oil production is in full swing, and measures must be put in place at every stage of the process to maximize the benefits. Can new digital technologies play a role?

This year for the first time in its history, the World Resources Forum took place in Latin America.

The increased transparency in contract disclosure and in payments made to government are both crucial steps. But to have greater accountability and understanding of the above issues, we need to open up the discussion on how the projects are modeled...

For more than a century, mining has played a prominent role in Ghana’s economy. Despite recent mine closures spurred by falling gold prices, the sector has averaged $2 billion per year for more than five years, accounted for 6 percent of GDP, and contributed 18 percent of total corporate tax earnings and 27 percent of total government revenues...

Recently CSOs from eight Eurasian countries gathered in Istanbul for a regional meeting of extractive sector governance stakeholders, preceded by a two-day training organized by the NRGI and the Publish What You Pay secretariat...

The road from Myitkyina to Hpakant is one of the worst I have ever traveled. After nine hours on this bumpy mountain path dotted with military checkpoints, I enter the heart of Myanmar’s jade country...

The Canadian federal government has tabled a new law that would require oil, gas and mining companies to publicly disclose payments they make to governments around the world.

A study tour in September brought six Mongolian MPs and three parliamentary staff members to western Canada, where they met with tax and public finance officials from British Columbia and Alberta, provincial and federal legislators, leaders of Canada’s First Nations (indigenous communities), and representatives from industry who work with mining-affected communities.

Four years ago, Mongolia’s vast mineral wealth prompted some to call it the “Saudi Arabia of Central Asia”. Today, the country is struggling with declining mineral revenues and inflation.

Today, Indonesians will have a new president, Joko Widodo who ran on platform of reform. Many Indonesians view his inauguration as an opportunity for the country to turn over a new leaf and move toward more responsible governance and a technocratic approach to solving the country’s problems.

NRGI recently commissioned images by a Myanmar photographer, Minzayar, who has documented the lives of the illegal jade miners flowing into Kachin state in the north of Myanmar as they pursue higher incomes.

Following an EITI mission to gather views on the deteriorating environment for civil society organizations in Azerbaijan, the EITI board has called for an early validation process to begin in the country on January 1, 2015.