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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.
Since the country's first oil discovery was made last year, Sierra Leonians have been caught between their hopes—for fortune-changing oil discoveries—and their fears—of a replay of the country's unhappy experiences in the mining sector, when immense mineral wealth fueled civil war. Energy analyst and RWI advisor Keith Myers, who helped lead an RWI capacity building workshop this October, reflects on the country's oil prospects.
On November 5, international energy experts, civil society activists and members of the Ukrainian government met in Kiev for a conference on oil and gas transparency co-hosted by Revenue Watch, and for discussions on Ukraine's plans to join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.
Ghana's new "Petroleum Revenue Management Bill," which the government recently introduced to parliament, provides a strong framework for the collection and management of the country's expected petroleum revenues. In a new brief from Revenue Watch, RWI Advisory Board Chair Joseph Bell, Legal Analyst Patrick Heller and Deputy Director Antoine Heuty offer comments and suggestions.

The second Summer School on the Governance of Oil, Gas and Mining Revenues got underway July 14 in Accra and continued through July 23. The training was hosted at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and was co-sponsored by the Revenue Watch Institute (RWI) and the German Technical Corporation (GTZ).

During an intensive "summer school" training session of the Revenue Watch-supported Africa Regional Extractive Industry Knowledge Hub (REIKH), a traditional leader in Ghana's Brong Ahafo region called on the country's government to cancel its mining agreement with Newmont Ghana Limited and take the contract under a second review.
It has been more than a year since Ghanaian President John Atta Mills committed his government to disclosing all existing and future contracts with oil, gas and mining companies. To date, his promise remains unfulfilled. Firm decisions on transparency are increasingly urgent in Ghana, as lawmakers have released proposals for a new petroleum law and there is an increasing national frenzy over oil. In response, this week RWI convened a public conversation in Accra focused exclusively on transparency in oil and mining contracts.
Earlier this month, Revenue Watch and our partners gathered parliamentary leaders and other experts from four resource rich African countries for a candid and in-depth regional dialogue on the role of legislators, civil society and media in resource development in Africa. The event took place from May 11 to May 13 at the White Sands Hotel, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where historic changes are underway as Tanzania prepares to implement a series of important changes to its mining law.