The Natural Resource Charter is a set of principles to guide governments' and societies' use of natural resources so these economic opportunities result in maximum and sustained returns for a country's citizens. It outlines tools and policy options designed to avoid the mismanagement of diminishing natural riches, and ensure their ongoing benefits.

Governments have entrusted state-owned enterprises with major responsibilities for developing and managing natural resource extraction projects. Some of these companies have been effective vehicles for the development and execution of state policy. Others have fostered inefficiency, revenue shortfalls and corruption...

The sale of crude oil by governments and their national oil companies is one of the least scrutinized aspects of oil sector governance. This report is the first detailed examination of those sales, and focuses on the top ten oil exporting countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Some NOCs have contributed heavily to successful efforts to harness benefits from the oil sector and drive broader national development. In other cases, however, NOCs have become inefficient managers....

The leak in July 2014 of an important addendum to a production sharing agreement (PSA) between Norwegian national oil company Statoil and the government of Tanzania has ignited a debate on whether Tanzania “got a good deal” from granting these extraction rights for a block now expected to produce large amounts of commercial natural gas.

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.

Uganda is on the path to becoming a significant oil producer in the next decade, with production potentially reaching over 200,000 barrels per day...

RWI, through analyzing the Azerbaijani government’s initiatives, has produced an assessment of Azerbaijan's progress promoting greater economic diversification and of the barriers to achieving the broader goal of lessening the country’s dependence on oil and gas.

Fact Sheets

How do the claims of opponents of disclosure requirements compare with the facts?

NRGI has advised the Government of Guinea since early 2011 on various elements of its mining sector reform.

Offering training to journalists to improve their ability to report about oil, gas and minerals, lessons from the pilot phase in Ghana and Uganda between 2010 and 2012 have helped RWI expand and adapt this media training to the journalism and extractive contexts of other countries in Africa and elsewhere.

To advance local economic and social development, RWI works with governments, civil society, journalists and companies.