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Oil production in Azerbaijan increased rapidly in the 2000s and the country reached peak oil production in 2010, when 363 million barrels of oil were produced. Then, production declined to 310 million barrels in 2012...

There are few countries where EITI is as well-known and discussed by stakeholders as in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A platform for discussions between government ministries, civil society, industry and parliament, many such actors also see it as a major opportunity for governance reform in the DRC’s mining and oil sectors.

Hon. Ilya Ponomarev sat down with Revenue Watch at the December 2013 regional parliamentary workshop on extractives in Istanbul to discuss his views on the state of transparency in Russia as well as international transparency initiatives.

Oil, gas and mineral revenues are incredibly important for the Eurasian region, where several resource-rich states depend heavily on extractive resources. With an average of 40 percent of government income coming from oil, gas and mining, it is important that citizens have a say in how these resources are spent.

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.

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.

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?

In London, October 30 to November 1,the Summit opens with the OGP Civil Society Day on Wednesday and then continues with the Plenary Conference Thursday and Friday.

Radio Liberty discussed Azerbaijan’s place in the Open Budget Index (OBI) last week, as part of the “Joint Advocacy Platform” project, just on the eve of 2014 budget discussions in Parliament.

The Oil Workers’ Rights Protection Organization held a meeting to discuss results of the monitoring provided at the first stage.

Last Friday in Washington D.C., representatives of civil society, government and the private sector shared their views at the World Bank (WB) Event, “Blessing or Curse: Making Earth's Riches Work for Poor and Fragile Countries.”

A success story from the Civic Response Network in Azerbaijan, a Working Group’s intervention forced officials to start repair of a Shirvan water collector.

In terms of water access in Azerbaijan, the answer is complex.

In a historic event for Myanmar, 226 representatives from over 100 civil society organizations across the country, representing all states as well as cross-border groups, met October 1-3, 2013, in the first national civil society conference on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).

“80-85% of the Azerbaijan state budget comes from oil, but there is no law on oil in this country,” said one of the most popular presidential candidates.

“Open Government” program discusses the question “Is there enough transparency in extractive revenues” and the transition to the new standards with representatives of the State Oil Fund, the NGO Coalition, the EITI Board and RWI.

The government of Azerbaijan organized an international event for government structures, extractive companies, local CSOs and representatives of international organizations.

The first to sign up, the first to become compliant, producer of the most reports, Azerbaijan has racked up EITI achievements in a bid to improve its international image...

Revenue Watch Institute (RWI) and other organizations held regional workshops and trainings for CSOs, government, and companies preparing for the New EITI Standard adopted in Sydney this year.

A radio program within the Joint Advocacy Platform (JAP) project devoted to revenue management in Azerbaijan last week asked the question, "Can black oil lead to black days?"