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Peru's new government has passed a new law requiring consultation with indigenous groups on natural resource planning.

Speaking at the Open Government Partnership launch, RWI Director Karin Lissakers highlighted the costs of closed governments.

President Obama says the U.S. will implement the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

At the World Bank/IMF CSO Forum, Professor Paul Collier discussed his new book, Plundered Nations, on a panel with RWI staff.

RWI Director Karin Lissakers argues in Financial Times that, after restoring security, Libya's greatest priority must be transparency.

Ilgar Mammadov discusses the experience of Eurasia’s veteran transparency advocates.

RWI and its partners examine developments in the oil, gas and mining industries.
Norway's management model for oil, gas could complicate reform in some other countries.
The nation's natural resource management is improving, but challenges to oversight and efficiency remain.
At the region’s top mining conference, governments worked to shore up regional investment.
The first issue of “View Point” focuses on changes in contract practices.
Journalists Ken Silverstein and Andrew Feinstein joined RWI in May for a discussion on oil and arms middlemen.
The DRC has pledged to disclose all oil, mining and forestry deals.
After years of secrecy, Uganda’s government released its oil contracts to the parliamentary library.

Investigative journalist Nick Shaxson has spent much of his career covering the economies and politics of oil-rich African countries, research that led to his 2007 book Poisoned Wells. His new book, Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World, explores a topic Shaxson says was the logical conclusion of following oil money. He spoke with Revenue Watch this April.

Revenue Watch and our colleagues at the Open Society Foundations were deeply saddened by the deaths of photographers Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros during fighting in Libya. Hetherington's images have helped RWI tell the story of resource wealth and economic struggle with a more human element than commentary or analysis can convey.
With growing global momentum for country-by-country reporting, senators question regulators about delays in the rulemaking process.
RWI Director Karin Lissakers factchecks oil industry claims about implementing the Dodd-Frank disclosure reforms.
RWI Deputy Director Antoine Heuty discusses the role of resources in the current Middle East revolts.
How do their the claims of Dodd-Farnk opponents compare with the facts?
Deborah Brautigam, author of The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa, spoke with RWI about China's development and business interests in Africa. 
In recent months, the governments of Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile decided to reduce or eliminate gasoline subsidies for the domestic market. The programs, meant to combat petroleum shortages, have imposed unwieldy costs on national governments and created a disincentive for private investment. The experiences of these three countries demonstrate how the debate has played out in the region.
RWI Director Karin Lissakers responds to the American Petroleum Institute's scare tactics about the supposed dangers of better company reporting.
In the latest of an ongoing series of investigations of oil and mining companies' activities abroad, the Danish organization DanWatch has released a report on the involvement of Danish companies in the Angolan oil sector. The report examines the activities of Maersk Oil in an environment in which corruption has become the norm and local populations reap little benefit from their country’s vast oil wealth.
At the fifth global conference of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Revenue Watch called for legislation mandating detailed company reporting as a complementary tool for transparency. RWI director Karin Lissakers said, "Events in the Middle East and North Africa are an unmistakable signal that the era of governments treating natural resources as private property is coming to an end."