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In a recent blog post for the Brookings Institution, NRGI president Daniel Kaufmann writes about the current “governance moment.” He draws on developments at the UN General Assembly and elsewhere, as well as the release of a new edition of the Worldwide Governance Indicators, to make the point that governance is measurable, and that the resulting data is a critical tool in country-level and global efforts to improve.

Francisco Paris, the EITI international secretariat’s regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean, attended the EITI Latin America Regional Conference in Lima, where government, civil society and corporate representatives met to discuss pressing socio-environmental concerns in the region...

This year for the first time in its history, the World Resources Forum took place in Latin America.

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

Qatar’s alleged plot to “buy” the 2022 World Cup has been making global news recently, with salacious stories of bribes paid to African and Caribbean FIFA officials and deals to exchange natural gas for votes...

It takes a lot of water to mine copper. This week a new report from Chile revealed that copper mining in the country’s northern region consumes the equivalent of 20 Olympic swimming pools per hour...

Codelco, Chile’s state-owned copper company, reports that it needs more than $20 billion for structural projects over the next decade. According to the country’s finance minister, Chile’s natural resource funds, otherwise known as sovereign wealth funds, could be asked to cough up the cash.

Practitioners and media invited to April 8 event at Columbia University to discuss growing segment of sovereign wealth funds.

Los países ricos en recursos naturales enfrentan retos por la volatilidad en los flujos de ingresos fiscales debido a los cambios bruscos en la demanda y los precios de los minerales y los hidrocarburos...

Resource-rich countries face volatility in revenue flows due to sharp changes in the demand for—and prices of—minerals and hydrocarbons...

Chatham House released guidelines developed by researchers and public officials to provide policy-makers with targeted advice on how to embed good governance and management as they build a petroleum industry.

Peru is hungry for gas, the government is hungry for rent, and the companies are hungry for profits. But it happens that Peruvian gas reserves are located in a highly sensitive area in the southeast Amazon basin of the country.

The means of improving governance of oil, gas and mineral resources are detailed in a new textbook on energy policy, The Wiley Handbook on Energy Policy.

Since 2009, Revenue Watch and the Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Peru have held an annual workshop on oil, gas and mining issues in Latin American.

What role should the government have when a company needs to relocate an entire community to make way for a mining project?

In 2008, the Revenue Watch Institute (RWI)—in collaboration with the Open Society Foundations Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative (OSF-LGI)—designed a project to address the enormous governance challenges facing local governments in Peru.

Due largely to oil, Piura’s annual budget nearly tripled over the last decade, to $415 million. RWI assisted regional government officials make realistic medium-term plans for education, health and other programs with this revenue windfall.

RWI sought to help the regional government of Piura in Peru improve its ability to track revenue and improve its planning.

Development in Peru is determined by the “magic number”—an annual budget regional governments are given by the Ministry of Finance every year. Because regional governments must spend the money before the end of the year, little thought goes into planning objectives, goals, projects or budgets.

This video explains how RWI's new approach to forecasting and budgeting helped the regional government in Piura better manage its oil and mining revenues after a recession caused oil prices to drop.

Revenue Watch developed a new approach to forecasting and budgeting to help regional governments in Peru better manage the windfall of oil and mining revenues after the decentralization of the federal government.

RWI developed a new approach to forecasting and budgeting to help regional governments in Peru deal with the windfall of oil and mining revenues after the decentralization of the federal government.

Kaufmann, a renowned expert on governance, brings to his new role deep practical experience helping countries plan and deliver reforms.

The report provides a comprehensive overview of the mining and hydrocarbons industries in the Latin American region.

Advocacy leaders convened in Peru in June to seek ways of broadening the regional agenda for transparency and good governance of oil and minerals.