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Interviews, background on RWI research and training events and up-to-the-minute analysis by staff and experts from around the world.

Last month, Ilya Ponomarev earned a place in history as the only one of 446 members of the Russian Duma to vote against making Crimea a part of Russia. But back in December, I had an interesting exchange with him during one of the sessions I was delivering at the Revenue Watch Institute’s Eurasia parliamentary workshop...

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...

Codelco, Chile’s state-owned copper company, reports that it needs more than $20 billion for structural projects over the next decade. According to the country’s finance minister, Chile’s natural resource funds, otherwise known as sovereign wealth funds, could be asked to cough up the cash.

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...

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...

Just months after Kenya discovered commercial oil in 2012, the government called for the establishment of a natural resource fund (a kind of sovereign wealth fund) to save oil revenues for future generations...

La Guinée possède les réserves de bauxite les plus vastes au monde, ainsi que des quantités importantes d’or, de diamants et de minerai de fer....

Guinea sits atop some of the world’s largest reserves of bauxite, as well as important quantities of gold, diamonds and iron ore....

Jean Pierre Okenda, coordonnateur adjoint de la Plateforme des Organisations de la Société Civile dans le Secteur Minier en République Démocratique du Congo, a participé à un atelier ITIE en février 2014. Nous avons saisi cette occasion pour lui poser quelques questions relatives aux défis et opportunités de gouvernance rencontrés dans son pays riche en ressources naturelles.

Tullow, the Anglo-Irish oil company that works mostly in Africa, voluntarily disclosed detailed information about the $1.5 billion it paid to governments in 2012 and 2013. Appearing in its 2013 Annual Report, the data is broken down by payment type (taxes, royalties, etc.) for each of Tullow’s projects, located in 22 countries

Two-thirds of the wealth in billionaires’ hands originates in developing countries. So claims The Economist’s recent crony-capitalism piece, a study of the billionaires that get rich by capturing rents rather than adding value to the economy.

Tonight, Revenue Watch heads to the movies for the New York premiere of the documentary Big Men. The film tells the story of the competing claims that followed Ghana’s discovery of oil, and in parallel presents Nigeria’s experience with oil as a cautionary tale.

There are few countries where EITI is as well-known and discussed by stakeholders as in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A platform for discussions between government ministries, civil society, industry and parliament, many such actors also see it as a major opportunity for governance reform in the DRC’s mining and oil sectors.

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...

Three years after its first democratic presidential election, and just three months after its first democratic legislative election, the Republic of Guinea faces a momentous opportunity to correct the wrongs of the past, prevent future corruption, and establish a stable and attractive investment climate...

On Sunday, January 26, three years after the revolution, Tunisia’s parliament (the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly (or NCA) voted the country’s new constitution into law.

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.

Natural resource extraction drives many economies in Southeast Asia, and foreign direct investment (FDI) in the extractive sector is at historic highs.

Citizens around the world are demanding more openness from their governments. They are seeking ways to participate in the decisions that affect them, and for governments to be more transparent, responsive, accountable, and effective. But what steps can governments can take to heed this call to action?

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.

Canada is global mining, pure and simple. Over 50 percent of the world’s mining companies are based in Canada and Canadian mining companies explore, develop and produce in over 100 countries...