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When it comes to mining policy, consensus is hard to find south of the Equator.

Back in August 2012, when the SEC issued detailed rules under Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act, I was among those who commented that it was a huge step toward transparency in the oil, gas and mining industries...

In line with U.S. and EU legislation, the EITI now requires companies to report payments on a project-by-project basis. It also encourages countries to disclose the identity of the real owners—“beneficial owners” – of the companies that have acquired rights to extract oil, gas and minerals.

Discussion in Washington, DC of how transparency of payments to governments can improve the governance of natural resource wealth and combat corruption, plus the business case for consistent disclosure across jurisdictions.

Revenue Watch, the School of Public Policy at the Central European University, and the Natural Resource Charter are now accepting applications for 2014's advanced course, "Reversing the Resource Curse: Theory and Practice."

Kofi Annan spoke in Geneva last night to celebrate the Graduate Institute moving into the Maison de la paix, Kofi Annan delivered the opening lecture of the Institute's 2013-2014 academic year.

Senators and international investors have written the SEC to urge quick re-issue of a strong rule implementing Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.

RWI disappointed with the District Court's ruling in the American Petroleum Institute v. SEC litigation. The ruling vacates and remands to the SEC rules required by Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act.

The Resource Revenue Transparency Working Group is pleased to release for public comment its draft recommendations on implementing mandatory reporting standards for Canadian mining companies. This release comes on the heels of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s pre-G8 announcement that Canada will establish new transparency standards.

Today, on the eve of the G8 Summit, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Canada will establish new mandatory reporting standards for Canadian oil, gas and mining companies. The announcement comes on the heels of the European Parliament’s vote for strong new disclosure requirements for extractive companies.

Report authors present the Resource Governance Index to a community of activists, experts and practitioners at the intersection of transparency, accountability and development.

The Revenue Watch Institute (RWI) and the Oil for Development Program (OfD) of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation are pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the 2013 RWI Petrad Fellowship.

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Trillions of dollars in resources lie buried in the backyards of many of the world’s poorest citizens. Oil, gas and minerals can, if managed effectively and accountably, stimulate economic development. Too often, however, secrecy, corruption and weak institutions obstruct this path.

The European Union took a decisive step to counter corruption in global oil, gas and mining sectors, coming to agreement on transparency legislation under negotiation since 2011.

Hydraulic fracturing could lead the U.S. to energy independence. But there are other social and economic factors to consider.

The international EITI board approved changes to the status of seven countries while meeting in Oslo, Norway, on February 26 and 27.

RWI President Daniel Kaufmann spoke about four “powers” that will strengthen efforts to establish transparency as an international standard.

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The story of the IMF Guide on Resource Revenue Transparency to date seems to be one of “too little of a good thing.”

During a Ted Talk, the U2 frontman called out corruption as one of the primary forces hindering faster progress towards zero poverty.

The U.S. took a big step towards greater revenue transparency with the first meeting of the U.S. EITI Advisory Committee.

The Dutch government indicated today it would not bow to Shell's pressure to weaken the EU's proposed disclosure rules. Norway's Statoil reaffirmed it does not support the API's lawsuit.

RWI President Daniel Kaufmann participated in a panel discussion that confronted the question: “Is good governance good for development?”

Switzerland is under pressure to require more transparency about deals between commodity traders and governments.