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NRGI and the School of Public Policy at the Central European University are now accepting applications for the 2015 edition of their advanced extractives. A limited number of scholarships are available on a competitive basis to qualified applicants from Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Iraq, Libya, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nigeria, and Tanzania.

A study tour in September brought six Mongolian MPs and three parliamentary staff members to western Canada, where they met with tax and public finance officials from British Columbia and Alberta, provincial and federal legislators, leaders of Canada’s First Nations (indigenous communities), and representatives from industry who work with mining-affected communities.

Four years ago, Mongolia’s vast mineral wealth prompted some to call it the “Saudi Arabia of Central Asia”. Today, the country is struggling with declining mineral revenues and inflation.

In resource-rich countries around the world, senior-level policymakers face difficult extractive sector decisions—from how to attract investors and manage revenues to how to engage citizens and protect the environment.

Earlier this month six Mongolian members of parliament (MPs) and three parliamentary staff members toured western Canada to learn about Canada’s experience managing its mineral and oil booms and busts.

Parliamentarians in Niger are preparing to draft natural resource legislation, which could possibly include the creation of a sovereign wealth fund to benefit future generations...

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...

"Coming from Tripoli, my four colleagues and I—representatives of the Libyan press, media, civil society and geosciences—arrived in Beirut on June 1..."

"At first, I thought that the NRGI knowledge hub training in Lebanon would simply be like the many other events I have attended on various issues. However, I realized from the presentation of the program and the opening messages that the organizers were serious and knew well what they were doing."

In order to launch our online training practice, NRGI seeks assistance from a creative, innovative multimedia company to develop a prototype online training course that is entirely self-taught and learner-paced...

The extractive industry is an important driver of economic development for many resource-rich countries. But to gain financially, sacrifices are sometimes made.

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

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

The Revenue Watch Institute (RWI) has partnered with the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS) to lay the groundwork for a regional “knowledge hub” that will be based in Beirut. Serving stakeholders in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the new hub will support civil society, media, parliamentary and government efforts to promote transparency and accountability in the governance of natural resources.

The Natural Resource Governance Institute is rolling out this year’s training program for Ghanaian, Tanzanian, and Ugandan journalists interested in improving their knowledge of and skills in covering the extractive sectors...

An international conference for a critical evaluation of efforts to monitor resource governance in the region's oil, gas and mining industries in August 2014, in Yaoundé, will contribute to civil society organizations' (CSOs), journalists', and parliamentarians' efforts with respect to resource management at regional, national, and local levels.