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For Indonesia, lower commodity prices have had mixed results. Government revenues from oil, natural gas coal and other minerals have fallen, but lower prices have also helped the Southeast Asian net importer.

Myanmar’s citizens have the potential to benefit from the country’s endowments of oil, gas, and gems, but governance of these industries has been historically problematic and so many actors are pushing for change. Last month, NRGI staff began working with EITI stakeholders in Myanmar on a new project that will use the Natural Resource Charter to help build consensus on priorities for extractive industries reform.

During a June parliamentary hearing, Tunisia’s minister of industry, energy and mines shared previously undisclosed details regarding Tunisia’s resource sectors. He provided production, foreign investment and revenues figures. He announced the imminent launch of an open data platform that would give citizens access to updated extractives industry intelligence...

A largely bureaucratic legislator outside ministry control take the reins. The Southeast Asian nation could also create a new, non-operating state-owned enterprise that would participate in projects and operate alongside Pertamina, the state oil company. Whatever path the country chooses, allocating policing responsibilities is essential.

In the past six months, 24 countries have released new Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative reports disclosing over $200 billion in payments from more than 2,000 companies. These are the first reports prepared under the broader EITI Standard that was introduced in 2013...

In this wide-ranging interview, NRGI President Daniel Kaufmann discusses the merger that formed the nonprofit, its broad goals and country specific examples of strong and weak governance.

This week, NRGI is hosting extractives experts from six countries to at the International Open Data Conference (IODC) in Ottawa, Canada.

Well-documented corruption scandals have cost Ugandans billions. Mining’s contribution to GDP dropped from 30 percent in the 1960s to less than 0.4 percent now. At an NRGI-SPP course, the Nigerian perspective on oversight responsibilities in natural resources and the importance of harmonizing the interests of the regional and federal governments was seen as key to reform.

Across sub-Saharan Africa, civil society groups and journalists have been playing an increasingly important role in advocating for governance reform. Part of their aim is to increase the chances that their countries’ sub-soil wealth might be transformed into meaningful strides in development.

Uncertainty about how Indonesia will update its Oil and Gas Law is discouraging the very investors whom policy-makers want to attract, a task already made difficult by historically low oil prices, energy experts say...

Tunisia has been celebrated by the international community as a beacon of hope and as fertile ground for transitional democracy in a region rocked by political conflict and unrest.

NRGI president Daniel Kaufmann recently visited Indonesia, where he met with editors from Tempo magazine. What follows is a reproduction of the resulting news story, “Good Governance Means the Rule of Law, Not the Rule of Man Prevails,” posted here with Tempo’s permission.

Azerbaijan is the first-ever country to be downgraded from “compliant” in the EITI. The country now has an opportunity to improve civic space and enable its EITI process to function as a truly multi-stakeholder initiative.

In a wide-ranging interview this month with Critical Resource, NRGI president Daniel Kaufmann discusses differences in corporate behavior between the mining and hydrocarbon sectors...

NRGI president Daniel Kaufmann recently spoke with SUSTAIN, the International Financial Corporation’s new online platform for business.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is in the midst of finalizing the fourth pillar of its new Fiscal Transparency Code (FTC) and public consultation on the draft has just drawn to a close...

The Dominican Republic holds lessons for those seeking to fight corruption in a range of settings and on Monday, 16 March, NRGI president Daniel Kaufmann will join a panel to discuss his work in the anticorruption space there. Watch the livestream.

The 2011 Tunisian uprising brought about unprecedented levels of freedom for civil society groups suddenly no longer hindered by regime co-optation or repression...

Students from the Madeleine Albright Institute of Global Affairs at Wellesley College recently asked NRGI governance policy analyst Marie Lintzer some fundamental and important questions about the governance of the extractive sector. We share the informative Q&A here on NRGI’s blog.

Gold is the number-one mineral produced in the archipelago in value terms, and studies indicate that small-scale mining activities contribute 80 percent of gold production in the country.

In early 2015 the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) will begin its early validation process in Azerbaijan, where government opposition toward civil society organizations, including the unjust arrest of a prominent transparency advocate, has stalled EITI-related activities since 2013...

Increasing the transparency in the extractive industries has been a battle that has been fought over the last decade. The Publish What You Pay coalition launched in 2002, and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) was created a year later. The result? Public awareness of the size and potential of revenues from oil, gas and mining grew, and a movement towards open data in the sector has gathered steam.

For the past two and a half years, NRGI partners in Southeast Asia have worked together to create their very own, and very first, regional guide to governance in the extractive sector.

With the new administration in Indonesia comes an opportunity to make much-needed changes in the way mining licenses are granted.