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Keith Myers digs deep into the politics that have hindered the passage of Iraq's oil and gas law for more than four years.

RWI Uganda partner ACME holds an "editor briefing" on transparency and accountability with civil society and government.

On 23 November, Penplusbytes introduced RWI's oil, gas and mining media training program to Ghana's gold-rich Ashanti region.

Tensions were high at RWI's Beirut workshop as Iraqi lawmakers debated the role oil will play in their country's future.

Meet both classes from the 2011 pilot program training journalists from Ghana and Uganda, two nations facing an array of challenges after recent major oil discoveries.

Iraqi parliamentarians gathered in Beirut for a three-day workshop on lawmakers' roles and responsibilities in oil and gas oversight.

This September, amid heated debate, RWI and AFIEGO held two workshops on Uganda's new oil bill.

Nearly 70 legislators and civil society members gather for RWI's parliamentary forum in Ghana.

Revenue Watch welcomed its first francophone Africa "summer school" class in Yaounde, Cameroon, this September.

Revenue Watch convenes 70 members of parliament, activists and journalists to share knowledge on oil and mineral management.

Government officials and advocates from Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan met in October to discuss mining revenue management.

Joe Bell talks about providing expert advice to governments as they negotiate oil and mining contracts.

In September, RWI held a workshop on oil revenue management in Beirut, Lebanon.

The National Transitional Council approved a new Mining Code that includes several key practices to help prevent corruption and promote transparency.

On 2 September, Guinean civil society welcomed the government submitting to parliament the country's revised mining code.
Working with a local partner, Siti Nur Chanifah campaigns for better uses of oil revenues.
On 2 March, Ghana's long-awaited Petroleum Revenue Management Bill was passed unanimously in Parliament. The bill will significantly contribute to responsible economic stewardship of resource revenues, committing the nation to saving a portion of revenues in "Heritage and Stabilization" funds and to using earnings for domestic development.
At a joint press conference in Conakry on 1 March, the newly elected president of Guinea, Alpha Conde, and George Soros, founder of the Open Society Foundations, announced that the country's forthcoming mining code will be committed to the principles of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and will target industry corruption and bribery.
Iraqi civil society members concluded an RWI capacity building workshop with the decision to form a coalition of NGOs working for oil, gas and mining transparency.
Over the past three years, Revenue Watch has carried out parliamentary capacity building pilot projects in Ghana, Tanzania, Sierra Leone and Uganda. These projects sought to help national parliaments improve their oversight of the oil, gas and mining sectors and to form more effective alliances with civil society and the media. Keith Myers acted as lead trainer in a number of Revenue Watch oil governance and contracts workshops. In this article, he offers his own reflections on the opportunities and challenges associated with parliamentary capacity building in Africa.
This December, Revenue Watch co-hosted a training session on mining sector governance for parliamentarians and leading civil society representatives in Harare, Zimbabwe. After years of internal strife, humanitarian crises and hyperinflation, Zimbabwe's economy is fragile and optimistic forecasts about mineral revenues are tempered by a need for reform in the mining sector. RWI invited Catherine Anderson, a public sector governance specialist and a facilitator for this training, to share her impressions of Zimbabwe and the country's challenges as it seeks to revive and reform its mining sector.

Applications are now open for a two-week summer course, "Developing Local Economies through Inclusive Policies and Planning," to be held at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Led by Revenue Watch partner the Local Government Initiative, the course will equip policy-makers and practitioners with strategies for improving sub-national economies. Learn more and apply ... (CEU)

In late October, Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative coalitions from the Caucasus and Central Asia held their sixth annual meeting in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Though plans for strong regional collaboration have fallen through in the past, this year, RWI and local partners introduced a new framework for inter-country cooperation and future shared campaigns.