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The Natural Resource Governance Institute and the School of Public Policy at the Central European University are now accepting applications for the 2015 edition of the advanced course "Reversing the Resource Curse: Theory and Practice." A limited number of scholarships comprising travel, accommodation and full tuition costs will be available on a competitive basis qualified applicants from Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Iraq, Libya, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nigeria, and Tanzania.

NRGI recently commissioned images by a Myanmar photographer, Minzayar, who has documented the lives of the illegal jade miners flowing into Kachin state in the north of Myanmar as they pursue higher incomes.

Following an EITI mission to gather views on the deteriorating environment for civil society organizations in Azerbaijan, the EITI board has called for an early validation process to begin in the country on January 1, 2015.

In resource-rich countries around the world, senior-level policymakers face difficult extractive sector decisions—from how to attract investors and manage revenues to how to engage citizens and protect the environment.

With the 2014 presidential election finally settled, Afghanistan could be on the verge of its so-called “transformational decade”—one focused on peace and development, following more than 13 years as a ward, more or less, of the international community and a frontline for the “war on terror” that has played out in the region.

On September 18, the World Bank and NRGI will host a half-day discussion in London on the challenges and opportunities in supporting natural resource-rich countries to manage their hydrocarbon and mineral wealth, part of the “New Directions in Governance” conference...

Recently NRGI and the Catholic University of Central Africa held a two-day conference in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on governance and oversight of the extractive industries.

NRGI experts discuss the successes and failures in Myanmar’s EITI process to date, along with how NRGI will engage with stakeholders in the country going forward.

On July 16, 2014, the Tax Appeal Tribunal of Uganda ruled in favor of the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) in its suit against Tullow Oil...

A new assessment by the Nigeria EITI points to important reforms.

Greetings from the first of two weeks of the summer school course that the NRGI organizes annually in Yaoundé, Cameroon, in partnership with the Catholic University of Central Africa...

NRGI's communication director Lee Bailey interviews Laurel Green, chief external affairs policy advisor with Rio Tinto, about the role of the private sector and corporate social responsibility in mining.

Solutions to the biggest development challenges of the 21st century may rest on governments and citizens having access to information about how extractive industries are run. NRGI and Omidyar Network launch a new project to help.

"Coming from Tripoli, my four colleagues and I—representatives of the Libyan press, media, civil society and geosciences—arrived in Beirut on June 1..."

"At first, I thought that the NRGI knowledge hub training in Lebanon would simply be like the many other events I have attended on various issues. However, I realized from the presentation of the program and the opening messages that the organizers were serious and knew well what they were doing."

In order to launch our online training practice, NRGI seeks assistance from a creative, innovative multimedia company to develop a prototype online training course that is entirely self-taught and learner-paced...

This summer Indonesia submitted its second 2010-2011 report to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), marking the global coalition’s 200th published report...

The extractive industry is an important driver of economic development for many resource-rich countries. But to gain financially, sacrifices are sometimes made.

On Monday, August 4, NRGI president Daniel Kaufmann joined a panel hosted by the Open Society Foundations in Washington, D.C., to discuss the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. More information on the event, as well as a list of recommended joint commitments and actions to come out of the summit, are available here.

Colombia is preparing to join EITI. As part of this effort, it has established a multi-stakeholder platform, in which civil society is represented by Transparency International – Colombia, Universidad del Externado and Fundacion Foro Nacional por Colombia, the last two being NRGI grantees.

The bumpy road leading to the gold town of Obuasi in the Ashanti region depicts the worrying state of an area that has played a significant role in Ghana’s economic development...

Imagine this: A biochemical process forms hydrocarbons, in reserves that are proven or unproven, and in types that are sweet and light or heavy and sour. Then find out the commercial viability of such reserves and measure the output in barrels per day...