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Norway's management model for oil, gas could complicate reform in some other countries.
The nation's natural resource management is improving, but challenges to oversight and efficiency remain.
RWI's calculator compares company listings and values on 35 international exchanges.
RWI said the international group will be a new force for accountability.
RWI’s Juan Carlos Quiroz offers lessons from the Revenue Watch Index.
At the region’s top mining conference, governments worked to shore up regional investment.
The first issue of “View Point” focuses on changes in contract practices.

RWI Deputy Director Antoine Heuty discusses how oil-rich countries in the MENA region can make sure that oil is linked to development and democracy.

Journalists Ken Silverstein and Andrew Feinstein joined RWI in May for a discussion on oil and arms middlemen.
New research tracks the size of the oil, gas and mining sector in 35 markets.
RWI calls on the EU and G20 to follow the G8’s lead.
On 27 April, three international experts discussed the best ways to battle oil industry opacity at the Columbia University panel "Power and Pressure: The Media in Africa." The conversation illustrated that, while each country's situation is unique, promoting good governance and transparency is always a collaborative effort.

Investigative journalist Nick Shaxson has spent much of his career covering the economies and politics of oil-rich African countries, research that led to his 2007 book Poisoned Wells. His new book, Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World, explores a topic Shaxson says was the logical conclusion of following oil money. He spoke with Revenue Watch this April.

Revenue Watch and our colleagues at the Open Society Foundations were deeply saddened by the deaths of photographers Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros during fighting in Libya. Hetherington's images have helped RWI tell the story of resource wealth and economic struggle with a more human element than commentary or analysis can convey.
With growing global momentum for country-by-country reporting, senators question regulators about delays in the rulemaking process.
Africa's economic ascent was the focus of the eighth annual African Economic Forum at Columbia University this March. Panelists argued that oil, gas and mining are the most important industries contributing to Africa's economic growth, and that they must improve transparency and management in order to spur development across the continent.
RWI Deputy Director Antoine Heuty discusses the role of resources in the current Middle East revolts.
Revenue Watch's April/May newsletter, in a brand-new format, presents brief reports from each RWI region and important developments in the oil, gas and mining sectors. In this issue, Director Karin Lissakers discusses the fifth global EITI conference, francophone Africa calls for Dodd-Frank-style regulations, the Nabucco Pipeline project feels the impact of "Arab Spring," RWI holds its second Regional Hub event in Peru, and much more.
How do their the claims of Dodd-Farnk opponents compare with the facts?
Deborah Brautigam, author of The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa, spoke with RWI about China's development and business interests in Africa. 
In recent months, the governments of Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile decided to reduce or eliminate gasoline subsidies for the domestic market. The programs, meant to combat petroleum shortages, have imposed unwieldy costs on national governments and created a disincentive for private investment. The experiences of these three countries demonstrate how the debate has played out in the region.
In the latest of an ongoing series of investigations of oil and mining companies' activities abroad, the Danish organization DanWatch has released a report on the involvement of Danish companies in the Angolan oil sector. The report examines the activities of Maersk Oil in an environment in which corruption has become the norm and local populations reap little benefit from their country’s vast oil wealth.
At the fifth global conference of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Revenue Watch called for legislation mandating detailed company reporting as a complementary tool for transparency. RWI director Karin Lissakers said, "Events in the Middle East and North Africa are an unmistakable signal that the era of governments treating natural resources as private property is coming to an end."
Carlos Monge, RWI Latin America Regional Coordinator, and colleagues deliver fresh news and insight. In the February 31 issue, Peru's government deals a blow to illegal mining; Ecuador debates a "prepayment" oil deal with China; and Mexico's PEMEX proposes reducing exports to revive the struggling company.

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