Subnational: Harnessing Oil, Gas and Minerals for Local Development

Resource rich areas in developing countries are often the poorest and most unstable. Yet subnational governments are receiving increasing resource revenues, are regulating and managing many different aspects of the extractive sector and are responsible for providing money for the most important social services to their citizens. Building capacity of subnational actors is key to improving governance of extractive industries.

RWI’s capacity building program works with local and national governments, civil society, journalists and companies to promote transparent, accountable and effective management of nonrenewable natural resources.

Resource rich areas in developing countries are often the poorest and most unstable. Yet subnational governments are receiving increasing resource revenues, are regulating and managing many different aspects of the extractive sector and are responsible for providing money for the most important social services to their citizens. Building capacity of subnational actors is key to improving governance of extractive industries.

RWI’s capacity building program works with local and national governments, civil society, journalists and companies to promote transparent, accountable and effective management of nonrenewable natural resources.

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In 2008, the Revenue Watch Institute (RWI)—in collaboration with the Open Society Foundations Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative (OSF-LGI)—designed a project to address the enormous governance challenges facing local governments in Peru.

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Our videos explain how governments, civil society, journalists and companies got together with RWI to promote transparent, accountable and effective management of nonrenewable natural resources. These videos describe the impact of such projects and offer lessons for future efforts.

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Revenue Watch has developed three papers on topics germane to subnational governments: Monitoring Company Social Expenditures, Oil, Gas and Mineral Revenue Management, and Local Content Initiatives

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Case studies from our pilot projects in Ghana, Indonesia, Nigeria, Peru and a briefing distilling lessons from them provide valuable lessons for governments, civil society, journalists and companies on harnessing the benefits of extraction at the local level.

A few weeks ago colleagues from the Myanmar Coalition for Transparency and Accountability and I represented Myanmar at RWI-NRC’s three-day training workshop on subnational governance of the extractive sector, in Bogor, Indonesia...

For three days in March, I took part in a training conducted by the Revenue Watch Institute – Natural Resource Charter (RWI-NRC) on subnational governance of the extractive sector. To attend, I travelled from Malaysia to Bogor, Indonesia...

Most southeast Asian countries operate relatively well developed extractive sectors. However, at the local level, significant knowledge asymmetries remain...

Since the massive Oyu Tolgoi gold and copper mine opened in the Gobi Desert in 2010, billions of Mongolian tugrugs have poured into the government’s coffers in Ulaanbaatar...

Los países ricos en recursos naturales enfrentan retos por la volatilidad en los flujos de ingresos fiscales debido a los cambios bruscos en la demanda y los precios de los minerales y los hidrocarburos...

Resource-rich countries face volatility in revenue flows due to sharp changes in the demand for—and prices of—minerals and hydrocarbons...

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.

Briefings

This paper distills lessons learned from pilot projects that RWI implemented in Ghana, Indonesia, Nigeria and Peru between 2008 and 2012. It complements country case studies and policy papers—including a synthesis of this paper, all available at revenuewatch.org/subnational.

A case study of the two-year Asutifi subnational project, which aimed to improve the governance of mining revenues in a tiny district in central Ghana.

This RWI study explores how Indonesia's Blora and Bojonegoro districts are turning local resource revenues into sustainable development.

This subnational study explores RWI's work in Nigeria's Bayelsa State to increase local transparency and accountability of oil revenues.

In 2008, RWI designed a project to address the enormous governance challenges facing regional and local governments in Peru.