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

NRGI's communication director Lee Bailey interviews Laurel Green, chief external affairs policy advisor with Rio Tinto, about the role of the private sector and corporate social responsibility in mining.

Solutions to the biggest development challenges of the 21st century may rest on governments and citizens having access to information about how extractive industries are run. NRGI and Omidyar Network launch a new project to help.

Recently, Indonesia hosted the first Asia Pacific OGP regional conference in Bali, where civil society organizations urged governments to safeguard and promote free civic space, adopt governance as a standalone goal in the post-2015 development agenda, and formally join OGP.

"Coming from Tripoli, my four colleagues and I—representatives of the Libyan press, media, civil society and geosciences—arrived in Beirut on June 1..."

"At first, I thought that the NRGI knowledge hub training in Lebanon would simply be like the many other events I have attended on various issues. However, I realized from the presentation of the program and the opening messages that the organizers were serious and knew well what they were doing."

The North African nation faces significant civil liberties and economic challenges after the passage of its new constitution. The EITI’s role in combatting corruption was one key takeaway from a gathering organized by NRGI and the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies.

Fewer than half of the 14 Open Government Partnership countries have made extractives-related commitments. There is still considerable room for collaboration between the two initiatives on mutual concerns.

NRGI's governance program officer Robert Pitman interviews Daniel Gbondo, a coordinator with Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources, about mining governance.

This summer Indonesia submitted its second 2010-2011 report to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), marking the global coalition’s 200th published report...

The extractive industry is an important driver of economic development for many resource-rich countries. But to gain financially, sacrifices are sometimes made.

NRGI's head of legal and economic programs, Patrick Heller, interviews Abdoulaye Magassouba, an advisor with the presidency of Guinea, about mining governance in the African country.

Colombia is preparing to join EITI. As part of this effort, it has established a multi-stakeholder platform, in which civil society is represented by Transparency International – Colombia, Universidad del Externado and Fundacion Foro Nacional por Colombia, the last two being NRGI grantees.

Just over a year ago, we broke new ground with the Resource Governance Index, or RGI, which measures transparency and accountability in the oil, gas and mining sectors of 58 countries...

Stakes are high in Afghanistan as officials audit the presidential runoff election to determine who will lead the country during its pivotal “transformational decade.”

Win is the co-founder of EcoDev, an environmental organization active in the Southeast Asian nation.

These days, a soccer World Cup is a multi-billion dollar project, with a number of financial "winners," such as FIFA, and many losers, given the development priorities that are sacrificed to build gleaming stadia and dedicated infrastructure, much of it with little post-games use.

The bumpy road leading to the gold town of Obuasi in the Ashanti region depicts the worrying state of an area that has played a significant role in Ghana’s economic development...

Imagine this: A biochemical process forms hydrocarbons, in reserves that are proven or unproven, and in types that are sweet and light or heavy and sour. Then find out the commercial viability of such reserves and measure the output in barrels per day...

Parliamentarians see natural resource governance as key to development. They need guidance on policy choices. They lack access to information. And broadly, they are key agents of reform.

Events unfolding in two major oil producers underscore the critical role that state-owned companies play in shaping how much a country earns from its oil—and how much citizens can expect to benefit.

NRGI, with support from the UK government, is working to help the country’s nascent civil society play a more active role in demanding natural resource transparency and accountability.

In April 2014, residents of Tsogttsetsii and Khanbogd soums (districts) gathered for a meeting on mining. These soums, located in a remote part of the Gobi desert, had been the setting for mining meetings before—but this one was different.

Cameroon is one of fourteen African countries that have joined EITI, a global coalition of partners committed to improving open and accountable management of natural resource revenues...

FIFA's governance and corruption challenges keep piling up as the man at the helm, Sepp Blatter, clings to power indefinitely, illustrating the extent to which some international sports organizations lag behind many countries in terms of democratic governance standards.

Vast oil, gas and mineral wealth will greatly increase the GDP of Northwest Territories. The richest province in Canada needs to fill in regulatory gaps and build greater consensus to be prepared.