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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.

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...

Measures to improve transparency and governance of many natural resource funds are urgently needed to escape the “resource curse,” according to a report released by the RWI and the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment (VCC).
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Libya has all the resources it needs to become the richest country per capita in North Africa. But if current trends continue, the nation of 6.5 million may well go bankrupt by 2018...

As more countries come to see the importance of contract transparency in oil, gas and mining, more contracts are becoming available for scrutiny in the public domain. Resourcecontracts.org currently hosts more than 175 oil, gas and mining contracts...

Challenges around oil revenue management came to the forefront of the policy agenda as Uganda hosted the first International Growth Centre Africa Forum.

Nigeria's latest oil scandal has erupted, and it's a big one. This week, an online media outlet leaked a letter from the country's central bank governor to the president accusing the national oil company of failing to transfer $50 billion in oil revenues to the treasury between January 2012 and July 2013.

The winners of the Soros Foundation Kazakhstan's grant competition were announced Monday.

A success story from the Civic Response Network in Azerbaijan, a Working Group’s intervention forced officials to start repair of a Shirvan water collector.

“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.

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?"

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.

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

Senior Middle East oil and gas experts and partners gathered for RWI's second annual advisory roundtable in Beirut on May 31 to consider RWI's continued engagement in the region in the context of planned programmatic expansions into Libya and Tunisia to support governments and oversight actors in their management of resource wealth.

The means of improving governance of oil, gas and mineral resources are detailed in a new textbook on energy policy, The Wiley Handbook on Energy Policy.

Iraq is rich with oil, but public debate around the oil and gas sector in Iraq is limited, and corruption has reached endemic proportions.

Amid Venezuela's political transitions, the most important decision must be about the strategic handling of oil.

Adnan Al-Janabi, head of Parliament's Oil and Energy Committee, discusses the petroleum law and oil's role in his country's future.

Susan al-Saad of the Iraqi parliament recounts how an RWI workshop taught her to tackle problems from a different angle.

The chair of Ghana’s citizen oversight committee joined experts from RWI and Oxfam to discuss the prospects for accountable oil revenue management.

On 1 June in Washington, D.C., distinguished guests joined RWI and Oxfam for a discussion on Ghana's new oil oversight committee.

As the public and the media react to an in-depth report on oil revenues, the government has responded with new disclosures.