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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.

In resource-rich countries around the world, senior-level policymakers face difficult extractive sector decisions—from how to attract investors and manage revenues to how to engage citizens and protect the environment.

NRGI president Daniel Kaufmann recently sat down in London with the Financial Times’ This Is Africa magazine. Watch here as he discusses the “governance deficit,” investors and resource governance, and “zombie data.”

With only two days left before Brazil’s general elections, a corruption scandal involving the country’s state-owned oil and gas company has become a dead weight around the neck of the ruling party.

With the 2014 presidential election finally settled, Afghanistan could be on the verge of its so-called “transformational decade”—one focused on peace and development, following more than 13 years as a ward, more or less, of the international community and a frontline for the “war on terror” that has played out in the region.

On September 24, the Open Government Partnership held a high-level event at the UN, where NRGI’s Suneeta Kaimal and fellow OGP co-chairs showcased country commitments and presented the 2014 Open Government Awards honoring citizen engagement initiatives from around the world...

Earlier this month six Mongolian members of parliament (MPs) and three parliamentary staff members toured western Canada to learn about Canada’s experience managing its mineral and oil booms and busts.

On September 7, Mexico’s environmental officials denounced the spillage of 40 million liters (10.5 million U.S. gallons) of sulfuric acid into the Bacanuchi, an affluent of the Sonora River, the major water source in one of Northwest Mexico’s driest states.

On September 18, the World Bank and NRGI will host a half-day discussion in London on the challenges and opportunities in supporting natural resource-rich countries to manage their hydrocarbon and mineral wealth, part of the “New Directions in Governance” conference...

Speaking at a May 2014 meeting of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance Advisory Council, NRGI president Daniel Kaufmann explained why governance--and the need to measure it--is so important. This video originally appeared at www.moibrahimfoundation.org.

Recently NRGI and the Catholic University of Central Africa held a two-day conference in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on governance and oversight of the extractive industries.

NRGI experts discuss the successes and failures in Myanmar’s EITI process to date, along with how NRGI will engage with stakeholders in the country going forward.

Parliamentarians in Niger are preparing to draft natural resource legislation, which could possibly include the creation of a sovereign wealth fund to benefit future generations...

On July 16, 2014, the Tax Appeal Tribunal of Uganda ruled in favor of the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) in its suit against Tullow Oil...

A new assessment by the Nigeria EITI points to important reforms.

Greetings from the first of two weeks of the summer school course that the NRGI organizes annually in Yaoundé, Cameroon, in partnership with the Catholic University of Central Africa...

NRGI's communication director Lee Bailey interviews Laurel Green, chief external affairs policy advisor with Rio Tinto, about the role of the private sector and corporate social responsibility in mining.

Solutions to the biggest development challenges of the 21st century may rest on governments and citizens having access to information about how extractive industries are run. NRGI and Omidyar Network launch a new project to help.

Recently, Indonesia hosted the first Asia Pacific OGP regional conference in Bali, where civil society organizations urged governments to safeguard and promote free civic space, adopt governance as a standalone goal in the post-2015 development agenda, and formally join OGP.

"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."