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RWI Deputy Director Antoine Heuty discusses the role of resources in the current Middle East revolts.
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.
RWI Director Karin Lissakers responds to the American Petroleum Institute's scare tactics about the supposed dangers of better company reporting.
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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At a G20 meeting in Paris, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer and business secretary threw the UK's support behind new disclosure rules.
The British government has taken a pivotal step toward new global standards for transparency by companies and governments.
From January 26-28, civil society groups from francophone Africa met in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to assess the implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in their countries to date.This meeting offered civil society the opportunity to share their experiences, explore the community's capacity to analyze EITI reports, and discuss planned new EITI rules, in preparation for the upcoming International EITI Global Conference in Paris on March 2-3.
Carlos Monge, RWI Latin America Regional Coordinator, and colleagues deliver fresh news and insight. In the February 15 issue, Latin American countries change their mining legal frameworks, Peru considers a windfall profits tax, and rising international petroleum prices impact Latin America.
The regime change in Egypt has provided an unmistakble lesson even to countries that, unlike Egypt, are rich in oil: public trust requires open, accountable government.
Carlos Monge, RWI Latin America Regional Coordinator, and colleagues deliver fresh news and insight. In the January issue, Ecuador’s government culminates contract renegotiation with oil companies; Colombia and Venezuela expect to increase hydrocarbons production; and windfall profit taxes become an issue in Peru’s electoral campaign.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy promises French leadership for an EU "Publish What You Pay" law.
On January 12, the World Bank Group published a report detailing its extractive industries work over the past year and outlining the Bank's goals for the sector and its plans to support sustainable resource development. The report offers encouraging signs of progress for the transparency movement and for efforts by Revenue Watch and its allies in the U.S. and internationally.
The international Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Coalition profiles the local PWYP initiative in Cameroon as it enters its sixth year of advocacy for transparent and accountable natural resource governance. Launched in 2005 as part of a broader regional push, today PWYP Cameroon has become an important part of a national movement towards greater openness in the extractive industries.
RWI Director Karin Lissakers discusses Afghanistan's plans for reform and prospects for turning mining windfalls into lasting benefits.
RWI called for country-by-country reporting of company payments to governments at the fifth annual European Development Days conference.
In draft rules released December 15, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission outlined initial steps for oil, gas and mining companies to report their payments in accordance with transparency provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act. Karin Lissakers of Revenue Watch said the SEC "will be helping to create a new international transparency standard, as other countries are likely to follow the U.S. lead on these disclosures."
Illegal oil bunkering, or the theft of crude oil, is a persistent and costly problem in Nigeria, and has grown over decades into a thriving underground economy. In a brief released this October, Revenue Watch Nigeria Program Coordinator Dauda Garuba studies the prominence of illegal oil bunkering in Nigeria in light of the economic crisis the country faced during the 1980s, and the unsuccessful reforms that followed.
Integrity Watch Afghanistan founder Lorenzo Delesgues spoke at OSI about citizens' social accountability efforts.
On October 27, Revenue Watch and its partners in Nigerian civil society convened a forum in Abuja that showcased the progress of our shared efforts in the Niger Delta. The meeting, which drew some 45 representatives from the diplomatic and development communities, sought to expand support and collaboration for RWI's key Niger Delta partners.
Carlos Monge, RWI Latin America Regional Coordinator, and colleagues deliver fresh news and insight. In the November issue, Ecuador completes its oil contract renegotiations; PEMEX allows private exploration and production; and Peru seeks to amend hydroelectric concession process in the Amazon.