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The inaugural U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC, on August 5 and 6, 2014 presents an historic opportunity to achieve meaningful progress on improving natural resource governance to enable people to realize the benefits of their countries' oil, gas and mineral wealth.

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.”

Imagine this: A biochemical process forms hydrocarbons, in reserves that are proven or unproven, and in types that are sweet and light or heavy and sour. Then find out the commercial viability of such reserves and measure the output in barrels per day...

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...

Challenges around oil revenue management came to the forefront of the policy agenda as Uganda hosted the first International Growth Centre Africa Forum.

Last week at a workshop in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, coalitions from five African countries presented the results of their efforts to combine legal analysis of contracts with detailed on-the-ground monitoring of implementation and interviews with key government, community and mining company officials.

To support implementation of the new EITI standard, RWI and local partner ORCADE organized a workshop for civil society in francophone Africa, November 5-7, 2013, at Ouagadougou, in Burkina Faso.

Libyan and Tunisian members of parliament and officials met in a workshop to discuss how states can maximise benefit from resources while introducing transparency and anti-corruption measures.

As part of an ongoing national effort to reform the mining sector, Guinea’s recently established state-owned mining company has looked to the RGI as a reference and disclosed a number of key documents to increase public knowledge...

Participants in the fourth class of RWI's ongoing training program for strengthening media oversight of the extractive sectors of oil, gas, and mining.

Organized by the Francophone Africa Hub, 34 participants attended the course including representatives of media and civil society organizations from many resource rich countries.

Course participants considered a wide range of topics that deepened the participants' knowledge of the entire process of the value chain of the extractive industries and equipped them with the skills to analyze fiscal regimes, contracts, EI legislation and revenue management.

Senior Middle East oil and gas experts and partners gathered for RWI's second annual advisory roundtable in Beirut on May 31 to consider RWI's continued engagement in the region in the context of planned programmatic expansions into Libya and Tunisia to support governments and oversight actors in their management of resource wealth.