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

These days, a soccer World Cup is a multi-billion dollar project, with a number of financial "winners," such as FIFA, and many losers, given the development priorities that are sacrificed to build gleaming stadia and dedicated infrastructure, much of it with little post-games use.

NRGI, with support from the UK government, is working to help the country’s nascent civil society play a more active role in demanding natural resource transparency and accountability.

Cameroon is one of fourteen African countries that have joined EITI, a global coalition of partners committed to improving open and accountable management of natural resource revenues...

Beyond the IRM and a government self-assessment, an essential component of OGP work in any country is the development of so-called shadow reports, which help identify gaps in the implementation process and measure progress...

What are "shadow reports" and how are they used to help OGP in making governments "more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens"? Paul Maassen, OGP civil society coordinator, says they provide "an extra tool to push for real government commitment."

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.

During last month’s Asia-Pacific hub training in Indonesia, RWI-NRC and the Universitas Gadjah Mada organized a field trip for participants to Bojonegoro, an oil-producing district in East Java...

Mineriaypetroleo.org fills a gap in public access to information about the extractive industries in Mexico, where oil extraction in nine states provides 35 percent of budget revenues and where mining concessions occupy 16 percent of all land.

More than a hundred civil society actors from various countries gathered to talk about two hot topics in the Asia-Pacific region: extractive issues and the future of natural resource governance.

At a recent proposal-writing workshop organized by the Revenue Watch Institute – Natural Resource Charter in Erbil, Iraq, three participants thoughtfully answered a question: how is oil a tool for development?

Most southeast Asian countries operate relatively well developed extractive sectors. However, at the local level, significant knowledge asymmetries remain...

Since the massive Oyu Tolgoi gold and copper mine opened in the Gobi Desert in 2010, billions of Mongolian tugrugs have poured into the government’s coffers in Ulaanbaatar...

In mismanaged economies, the path to government accountability and sustainability begins with transparency—but there is often resistance along the way. After all, power is at stake...

On Sunday, January 26, three years after the revolution, Tunisia’s parliament (the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly (or NCA) voted the country’s new constitution into law.

Citizens around the world are demanding more openness from their governments. They are seeking ways to participate in the decisions that affect them, and for governments to be more transparent, responsive, accountable, and effective. But what steps can governments can take to heed this call to action?

Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto and the Institutional Revolutionary Party have chosen the way of privatization for the country’s oil and gas sector. This is a big deal.

The Neftchala Operating Company, a daughter company of Global Energy, did not welcome CRN monitoring in 2012, so the Network brought the problem to Global Energy and to the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources...

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.

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."

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.

A country’s economy can withstand depressions and problems if it is diversified. In our case, the main problem is the heavy dependence of the country’s economy on oil resources.

Watch the final plenary session, which highlights summit achievements and looks forward.

Has oil money in Azerbaijan impacted people in rural areas? Is there any difference between the present and ten years ago in the lives of villagers?