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“80-85% of the Azerbaijan state budget comes from oil, but there is no law on oil in this country,” said one of the most popular presidential candidates.

“Open Government” program discusses the question “Is there enough transparency in extractive revenues” and the transition to the new standards with representatives of the State Oil Fund, the NGO Coalition, the EITI Board and RWI.

The government of Azerbaijan organized an international event for government structures, extractive companies, local CSOs and representatives of international organizations.

Kofi Annan spoke in Geneva last night to celebrate the Graduate Institute moving into the Maison de la paix, Kofi Annan delivered the opening lecture of the Institute's 2013-2014 academic year.

As part of an ongoing national effort to reform the mining sector, Guinea’s recently established state-owned mining company has looked to the RGI as a reference and disclosed a number of key documents to increase public knowledge...

The first to sign up, the first to become compliant, producer of the most reports, Azerbaijan has racked up EITI achievements in a bid to improve its international image...

The proliferation of civil society presents new opportunities for citizen-informed policy making. In parallel, there has been an uptick in multi-stakeholder initiatives that harness the power of civil society and formally acknowledge that good governance must include citizen engagement...

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.

Watch live Monday from 3 to 4 p.m. at www.whitehouse.gov/live or www.youtube.com/whitehouse as President Obama hosts an event in New York on the critical need to support Civil Society.

Revenue Watch partners Article 33 and Bantay Kita coalition in the Philippines have produced a new video showcasing their collaboration on the IKAT-US project.

A radio program within the Joint Advocacy Platform (JAP) project devoted to revenue management in Azerbaijan last week asked the question, "Can black oil lead to black days?"

Cielo Magno of Bantay Kita discusses rebuilding trust in the the Philippines' mining industry in BusinessWorld.

The intensive six-day course is providing 20 participants from 10 different countries with a complete overview of the policy decisions that governments face in management of extractive resources with instruction led by world experts sharing their knowledge and insights.

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.

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.

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.

Monitoring of highways was one of two directions within the project implemented by the Civic Response Network. The reconstruction of Hajigabul-Kurdemir Highway was chosen as the focus for monitoring for this project...

Along with costs induced by violent conflicts in the Niger Delta, the phenomenon has cost Nigeria an estimated loss of $30 billion and poses one of the greatest challenges to contemporary Nigeria.

Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, announced his energy reform proposal in the country. It is important to review the negotiations which preceded this agreement and how the different actors lined up in front of this situation...

In mid-July, small associations of Colombia miners began a general strike demanding a halt to the destruction of dredges by the government. They also asked the government for technical assistance on environmental studies and support equipment upgrades...