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In a recent blog post for the Brookings Institution, NRGI president Daniel Kaufmann writes about the current “governance moment.” He draws on developments at the UN General Assembly and elsewhere, as well as the release of a new edition of the Worldwide Governance Indicators, to make the point that governance is measurable, and that the resulting data is a critical tool in country-level and global efforts to improve.

Since its launch in 2002, the EITI has improved revenue transparency in many regions. So far, nearly 40 countries have released some 140 EITI reports detailing the receipt of extractive revenues by governments from oil, gas and mining companies. In 2013, implementing countries adopted a new reporting standard, releasing even more detailed information.

In the past six months, 24 countries have released new Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative reports disclosing over $200 billion in payments from more than 2,000 companies. These are the first reports prepared under the broader EITI Standard that was introduced in 2013...

This year for the first time in its history, the World Resources Forum took place in Latin America.

Recently CSOs from eight Eurasian countries gathered in Istanbul for a regional meeting of extractive sector governance stakeholders, preceded by a two-day training organized by the NRGI and the Publish What You Pay secretariat...

Qatar’s alleged plot to “buy” the 2022 World Cup has been making global news recently, with salacious stories of bribes paid to African and Caribbean FIFA officials and deals to exchange natural gas for votes...

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...

Codelco, Chile’s state-owned copper company, reports that it needs more than $20 billion for structural projects over the next decade. According to the country’s finance minister, Chile’s natural resource funds, otherwise known as sovereign wealth funds, could be asked to cough up the cash.

Practitioners and media invited to April 8 event at Columbia University to discuss growing segment of sovereign wealth funds.

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 winners of the Soros Foundation Kazakhstan's grant competition were announced Monday.

Chatham House released guidelines developed by researchers and public officials to provide policy-makers with targeted advice on how to embed good governance and management as they build a petroleum industry.

The training was held in Almaty, but researchers from Astana, Shymkent and Semipalatinsk also attended...

The means of improving governance of oil, gas and mineral resources are detailed in a new textbook on energy policy, The Wiley Handbook on Energy Policy.

Kaufmann, a renowned expert on governance, brings to his new role deep practical experience helping countries plan and deliver reforms.

The report provides a comprehensive overview of the mining and hydrocarbons industries in the Latin American region.

Updates from RWI's regional office on local foreign investment, Petrobras and expanded mining operations in Colombia.

Executives of oil trading firms expressed little enthusiasm for greater transparency in the sector.

The paper speculates that RWI's findings "could have significant implications for the publicity-shy commodities trading industry."

RWI releases new research revealing the importance of disclosures by national oil companies, a largely-hidden area of the global market.

RWI's research on the double-edged effects of mining revenue is featured in an article in the latest issue of Quehacer.

RWI's Latin America office has published a new Spanish-language report on trends in oil, gas and mining issues in Latin America.

With RWI support, our partner Ibase has published a new report, giving an overview of Brazil's oil, gas and mining revenues.

RWI partner Foro's new report, El Sector Extractivo en Colombia, gives an overview of the local oil, gas and mining sector.