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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...

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...

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

The new tool will help governments, civil society actors, and private sector operators benefit from the new standard.

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.

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.

Oil, gas and mineral revenues are incredibly important for the Eurasian region, where several resource-rich states depend heavily on extractive resources. With an average of 40 percent of government income coming from oil, gas and mining, it is important that citizens have a say in how these resources are spent.

Last week at a workshop in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, coalitions from five African countries presented the results of their efforts to combine legal analysis of contracts with detailed on-the-ground monitoring of implementation and interviews with key government, community and mining company officials.

To support implementation of the new EITI standard, RWI and local partner ORCADE organized a workshop for civil society in francophone Africa, November 5-7, 2013, at Ouagadougou, in Burkina Faso.

A country’s economy can withstand depressions and problems if it is diversified. In our case, the main problem is the heavy dependence of the country’s economy on oil resources.

Has oil money in Azerbaijan impacted people in rural areas? Is there any difference between the present and ten years ago in the lives of villagers?

In London, October 30 to November 1,the Summit opens with the OGP Civil Society Day on Wednesday and then continues with the Plenary Conference Thursday and Friday.

Radio Liberty discussed Azerbaijan’s place in the Open Budget Index (OBI) last week, as part of the “Joint Advocacy Platform” project, just on the eve of 2014 budget discussions in Parliament.

Last Friday in Washington D.C., representatives of civil society, government and the private sector shared their views at the World Bank (WB) Event, “Blessing or Curse: Making Earth's Riches Work for Poor and Fragile Countries.”

In a historic event for Myanmar, 226 representatives from over 100 civil society organizations across the country, representing all states as well as cross-border groups, met October 1-3, 2013, in the first national civil society conference on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).

“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.