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Today, Switzerland-based trading house Trafigura disclosed how much it paid to several governments in exchange for commodities in its first annual responsibility report. For decades, physical commodity traders have embraced secrecy as a basic part of their business model, even when dealing with public institutions. The disclosures by Trafigura represent a much-needed step away from this unfortunate tradition. There remains, however, ample room for improvement.

The oil, gas and mining sectors are critical for a majority of Open Government Partnership (OGP) countries. Yet, only about 10 percent of OGP commitments relate to natural resources...

Switzerland, the world’s leading commodity trading hub, must pave the way for more transparency in natural resource payments. The Swiss government should alter its course and include commodity trading in a pending transparency law.

NRGI joined World Bank and IMF executives and others on stage in Lima, Peru, to discuss "Individual Integrity and Public Sector Governance" and took part in a slate of other activities at the annual meetings.

NRGI has made a submission to the US SEC in relation to the rulemaking for Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

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.

Citizens from resource-rich African countries are showing ever-greater interest in the management of extractive resources. Civil society members and journalists are demanding transparency and accountability.

On Thursday, 3 September, NRGI president Daniel Kaufmann joined a plenary conversation on the role of anti-corruption and transparency in the fight against poverty.

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...

The Swiss government appears ready to join the ranks of countries that require their oil, gas and mining companies to disclose payments to foreign governments—but the country’s enormous commodity trading industry may not be covered by a new law.

Experts at the Natural Resource Governance Institute welcomed Canada’s new law requiring oil, gas and mining companies to disclose their payments to governments...

NRGI has commended the UK’s new payment disclosure requirements for oil, gas and mining companies. The recently enacted UK Reports on Payments to Governments Regulations 2014 come into force today.

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

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...

Back in August 2012, when the SEC issued detailed rules under Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act, I was among those who commented that it was a huge step toward transparency in the oil, gas and mining industries...

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.

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 Resource Revenue Transparency Working Group is pleased to release for public comment its draft recommendations on implementing mandatory reporting standards for Canadian mining companies. This release comes on the heels of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s pre-G8 announcement that Canada will establish new transparency standards.

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.

Hydraulic fracturing could lead the U.S. to energy independence. But there are other social and economic factors to consider.

The U.S. took a big step towards greater revenue transparency with the first meeting of the U.S. EITI Advisory Committee.

API argues requiring factual disclosure of payments to governments is "core political speech" protected by the First Amendment.

In briefs filed yesterday, Members of Congress and transparency advocates declared that Big Oil isn't above the law.