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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 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 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.

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.

Revenue Watch, the School of Public Policy at the Central European University, and the Natural Resource Charter are now accepting applications for 2014's advanced course, "Reversing the Resource Curse: Theory and Practice."

Revenue Watch Institute (RWI) and other organizations held regional workshops and trainings for CSOs, government, and companies preparing for the New EITI Standard adopted in Sydney this year.

Participants in the fourth class of RWI's ongoing training program for strengthening media oversight of the extractive sectors of oil, gas, and mining.

Organized by the Francophone Africa Hub, 34 participants attended the course including representatives of media and civil society organizations from many resource rich countries.

Course participants considered a wide range of topics that deepened the participants' knowledge of the entire process of the value chain of the extractive industries and equipped them with the skills to analyze fiscal regimes, contracts, EI legislation and revenue management.

Now fully staffed and operational, the Hub is delivering its inaugural course, "Improving the Governance of Extractive Industries," with participation from civil society actors from Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Timor Leste, and Vietnam.

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

Hosted for the first time outside the premises of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), the 2013 summer school started with an opening ceremony at the Mensvic Grand Hotel which was attended by...

RWI's Bolivian Partner, Fundación Jubileo, the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, and RWI's Latin America Regional Office organized and held a course aimed at strengthening capacities of the journalists on the extractive industries, attended by journalists from major newspapers in La Paz and producing regions, as well as from three TV networks and seven Radio stations.

Eurasia Knowledge Hub training in Azerbaijan draws representatives of various sectors from six countries.

Part of Knowledge Hub activities, the training course will be run by expert facilitators and resource person discussion on five issues in extractive industries...