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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.

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...

Recently, Indonesia hosted the first Asia Pacific OGP regional conference in Bali, where civil society organizations urged governments to safeguard and promote free civic space, adopt governance as a standalone goal in the post-2015 development agenda, and formally join OGP.

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...

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...

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."

The Revenue Watch Institute – Natural Resource Charter (RWI-NRC) welcomes the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of our advisory council member Ilgar Mammadov...

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.

Since the massive Oyu Tolgoi gold and copper mine opened in the Gobi Desert in 2010, billions of Mongolian tugrugs have poured into the government’s coffers in Ulaanbaatar...

In mismanaged economies, the path to government accountability and sustainability begins with transparency—but there is often resistance along the way. After all, power is at stake...

RWI condemns the sentence of seven years’ imprisonment announced yesterday in Azerbaijan for Ilgar Mammadov...

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...

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?

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.

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.

“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.