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

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.

The North African nation faces significant civil liberties and economic challenges after the passage of its new constitution. The EITI’s role in combatting corruption was one key takeaway from a gathering organized by NRGI and the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies.

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.

NRGI's head of legal and economic programs, Patrick Heller, interviews Abdoulaye Magassouba, an advisor with the presidency of Guinea, about mining governance in the African country.

Stakes are high in Afghanistan as officials audit the presidential runoff election to determine who will lead the country during its pivotal “transformational decade.”

Switzerland-based commodity trading firms are behind a much larger proportion of African governments’ oil sales than previously thought, new research from the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), the Berne Declaration and SWISSAID has shown.

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

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...

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.

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.

Jean Pierre Okenda, coordonnateur adjoint de la Plateforme des Organisations de la Société Civile dans le Secteur Minier en République Démocratique du Congo, a participé à un atelier ITIE en février 2014. Nous avons saisi cette occasion pour lui poser quelques questions relatives aux défis et opportunités de gouvernance rencontrés dans son pays riche en ressources naturelles.

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

There are few countries where EITI is as well-known and discussed by stakeholders as in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A platform for discussions between government ministries, civil society, industry and parliament, many such actors also see it as a major opportunity for governance reform in the DRC’s mining and oil sectors.

Supporters of greater transparency in natural resource governance have something to cheer about with the release last week by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) of its new energy sector strategy...

As more countries come to see the importance of contract transparency in oil, gas and mining, more contracts are becoming available for scrutiny in the public domain. currently hosts more than 175 oil, gas and mining contracts...

Last week at a workshop in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, coalitions from five African countries presented the results of their efforts to combine legal analysis of contracts with detailed on-the-ground monitoring of implementation and interviews with key government, community and mining company officials.

Libyan and Tunisian members of parliament and officials met in a workshop to discuss how states can maximise benefit from resources while introducing transparency and anti-corruption measures.

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 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.

RWI previewed a new online collection of natural resource contracts at Publish What You Pay's September conference in Amsterdam.

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.