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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.

NRGI president Daniel Kaufmann recently visited Indonesia, where he met with editors from Tempo magazine. What follows is a reproduction of the resulting news story, “Good Governance Means the Rule of Law, Not the Rule of Man Prevails,” posted here with Tempo’s permission.

The dramatic fall in the value of oil and other commodities over the past six months has impacted both governments and communities in resource-rich countries, and has sent many searching for lessons learned during previous periods of price crashes.

While rival Libyan politicians were last month attempting to come to an agreement on how to “split the cake” in the Moroccan town of Skhirate, the Libyan Transparency Working Group met in Istanbul to establish exactly what’s left of that cake and how to preserve it.

In a wide-ranging interview this month with Critical Resource, NRGI president Daniel Kaufmann discusses differences in corporate behavior between the mining and hydrocarbon sectors...

International Institute of Social Studies and Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation aim to move beyond facile dichotomies to address the political economy of the ‘extractive imperative’ and the tensions it increasingly generates in Latin America...

Developing, capital-scarce countries need domestic investment. Governments must invest in education, health and infrastructure like roads, ports, electricity, water and sanitation systems if they hope to achieve middle- or high-income status in a sustainable and balanced way.

NRGI economic analyst David Mihalyi looks at the inherent uncertainty in mineral prices, and discusses how overoptimistic forecasts can undermine the design of fiscal policy and fuel public expectations.

The win by opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari signals a major step forward for Nigerian democracy. It’s the first time a Nigerian opposition party has won since military rule ended in 1999, and the elections seem to have been relatively peaceful.

"Cheap oil: Who are the winners and losers in Africa?” "Oil slump to help Indonesian President Widodo in subsidy cut.” “Nigeria lowers petrol price as elections near." These headlines will inform a public panel scheduled to take place on Monday, April 13, at 5:30pm CET, at Central European University...

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.

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 consumers and corporations in energy importing economies, low prices are a boon. But the current drop in commodity prices is already 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.