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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...

In April 2014, residents of Tsogttsetsii and Khanbogd soums (districts) gathered for a meeting on mining. These soums, located in a remote part of the Gobi desert, had been the setting for mining meetings before—but this one was different.

Cameroon is one of fourteen African countries that have joined EITI, a global coalition of partners committed to improving open and accountable management of natural resource revenues...

Governance expert named full board member at meetings in Mexico City.

Ghana is seeking to increase the information available to citizens on mining, oil and gas extraction activities. The West African nation, which has the continent's second largest gold output as well as valuable undersea oil and gas deposits...

When it comes to mining policy, consensus is hard to find south of the Equator.

Beyond the IRM and a government self-assessment, an essential component of OGP work in any country is the development of so-called shadow reports, which help identify gaps in the implementation process and measure progress...

What are "shadow reports" and how are they used to help OGP in making governments "more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens"? Paul Maassen, OGP civil society coordinator, says they provide "an extra tool to push for real government commitment."

This year's Natural Resource Charter conference took place June 12-13 in Oxford, England...

In line with U.S. and EU legislation, the EITI now requires companies to report payments on a project-by-project basis. It also encourages countries to disclose the identity of the real owners—“beneficial owners” – of the companies that have acquired rights to extract oil, gas and minerals.

In March, Ukrainian police found 42 kilograms of gold and $4.8 million in cash in the home of the country’s former minister of energy...

NRGI and the Oil for Development Program of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation's program seeks to accelerate civil society effectiveness in promoting the better management of oil, minerals, and gas...

More than a hundred civil society actors from various countries gathered to talk about two hot topics in the Asia-Pacific region: extractive issues and the future of natural resource governance.

At a recent proposal-writing workshop organized by the Revenue Watch Institute – Natural Resource Charter in Erbil, Iraq, three participants thoughtfully answered a question: how is oil a tool for development?

RWI and the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies are offering a foundation course on natural resource governance to civil society and media from Iraq, Lebanon, Libya and Tunisia. The deadline for application is 7 May 2014 and...

In April the Revenue Watch Institute [now the Natural Resource Governance Institute] organized a three-day workshop with Khazar University, in Baku, where stakeholders gathered from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Ukraine to strengthen their networks and knowledge of extractive issues.

Last month, Ilya Ponomarev earned a place in history as the only one of 446 members of the Russian Duma to vote against making Crimea a part of Russia. But back in December, I had an interesting exchange with him during one of the sessions I was delivering at the Revenue Watch Institute’s Eurasia parliamentary workshop...

A few weeks ago colleagues from the Myanmar Coalition for Transparency and Accountability and I represented Myanmar at RWI-NRC’s three-day training workshop on subnational governance of the extractive sector, in Bogor, Indonesia...

Most southeast Asian countries operate relatively well developed extractive sectors. However, at the local level, significant knowledge asymmetries remain...