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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.

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...