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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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

On Monday, August 4, NRGI president Daniel Kaufmann joined a panel hosted by the Open Society Foundations in Washington, D.C., to discuss the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. More information on the event, as well as a list of recommended joint commitments and actions to come out of the summit, are available here.

NRGI's head of legal and economic programs, Patrick Heller, interviews Abdoulaye Magassouba, an advisor with the presidency of Guinea, about mining governance in the African country.

Stakes are high in Afghanistan as officials audit the presidential runoff election to determine who will lead the country during its pivotal “transformational decade.”

Ghana is seeking to increase the information available to citizens on mining, oil and gas extraction activities. The West African nation, which has the continent's second largest gold output as well as valuable undersea oil and gas deposits...

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

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.

An international conference for a critical evaluation of efforts to monitor resource governance in the region's oil, gas and mining industries in August 2014, in Yaoundé, will contribute to civil society organizations' (CSOs), journalists', and parliamentarians' efforts with respect to resource management at regional, national, and local levels.

Hon. Ilya Ponomarev sat down with Revenue Watch at the December 2013 regional parliamentary workshop on extractives in Istanbul to discuss his views on the state of transparency in Russia as well as international transparency initiatives.

Oil, gas and mineral revenues are incredibly important for the Eurasian region, where several resource-rich states depend heavily on extractive resources. With an average of 40 percent of government income coming from oil, gas and mining, it is important that citizens have a say in how these resources are spent.

The Ibrahim Forum, an annual conference that brings together some of the leading voices to discuss a range of critical issues facing Africa, held a session on sustainable economic opportunity featured Revenue Watch Institute president Daniel Kaufmann and other distinguished panelists.

Supporters of greater transparency in natural resource governance have something to cheer about with the release last week by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) of its new energy sector strategy...

As more countries come to see the importance of contract transparency in oil, gas and mining, more contracts are becoming available for scrutiny in the public domain. Resourcecontracts.org currently hosts more than 175 oil, gas and mining contracts...