Research for the 2021 edition of NRGI's Resource Governance Index has begun. The index measures the governance of oil, gas and mining sectors in resource-producing countries and provides freely available public data to help inform evidence-based decision-making.
Extractive sector policies and governance choices are holding back solar and wind projects in many countries. Part of the trouble lies in the shortsighted habits of political decision-making that oil, gas or coal exploitation can foster. Debates about domestic energy use are highly political and can fall prey to narrow agendas.
An NRGI staff member recently spoke with Austrade about developments in the Myanmar's mining sector. Their conversation focused on Myanmar’s challenges in attracting foreign investment to generate government revenue while ensuring the sector’s environmental and social impacts are properly managed.
As a global transparency initiative prepares to require member governments to publish the contracts they sign with oil, gas and mining companies, an executive for French oil major Total discusses the potential benefits of contract disclosure for investors in Myanmar.
In 2017, after a decade of working with journalists, NRGI crafted a new strategy for media programming, leveraging lessons from its development programs and considering broader learning and trends in the field.
Across the world, journalists have been key to uncovering malfeasance in the natural resources sector. Media have exposed illicit activities by international oil companies like Royal Dutch Shell in Nigeria. They have shed light on Cameroon petroleum contracts that bring few benefits to locals and to national accounts.
Each year, the Natural Resource Governance Institute and Gadjah Mada University’s Department for Politics and Government host a residential training course on extractives governance in Indonesia. In 2018, NRGI and partners produced videos covering the course and interviews with course participants.
NRGI set out to collect total oil, gas and mining revenue data for the countries included in the Resource Governance Index to find out how many dollars flow to governments that mismanage the handling of their natural resources.