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A noteworthy study from NRGI partner Réseau de Lutte contre la Faim (RELUFA) combines EITI data and legal analysis to show the impact of mining projects on communities in northern Cameroon—where, despite 50 years of industrial extraction, social and economic development is lagging.

A study tour in September brought six Mongolian MPs and three parliamentary staff members to western Canada, where they met with tax and public finance officials from British Columbia and Alberta, provincial and federal legislators, leaders of Canada’s First Nations (indigenous communities), and representatives from industry who work with mining-affected communities.

When it comes to mining policy, consensus is hard to find south of the Equator.

One topic of conversation on the second and last day of the “New Petroleum Producers Discussion Group” event at Chatham House in London was how governments could get better advice from the international development advisory “industry.”

Today the United Kingdom’s Chatham House hosted a discussion on so-called “new producers”, countries with significant petroleum exploration but little or no operational experience.

Publish What You Pay coalition partners in Southeast Asia launched the Civil Society Organization Technical Working Group, a team organized at the most recent PWYP conference in Manila to carry out a plan to integrate free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) into national policies in the region.

In an open letter to President Enrique Peña Nieto, Oscar-winning film director Cuarón has summed up the uncertainties of Mexicans citizens in ten questions about the ongoing reform of the energy sector.

The story of the IMF Guide on Resource Revenue Transparency to date seems to be one of “too little of a good thing.”

One of the major themes at an RWI workshop was the impact of the lack of oil-sector expertise and broader administrative capacity in many new or emerging producers.

Nigeria's proposed Petroleum Industry Bill, before parliament now, could actually make the country's oil industry worse.

RWI and partners analyzed Uganda's new petroleum bills to provide international context to the debate in parliament and across Uganda.

RWI's Alex Gillies appears on African television to discuss the Petroleum Industry Bill in Nigeria and prospects for oil sector reform amid the fuel subsidy controversy.

The National Transitional Council approved a new Mining Code that includes several key practices to help prevent corruption and promote transparency.

This May, the government of Uganda circulated a draft Petroleum Bill for the management of the country's emerging oil sector. In a new analysis of the bill from the Revenue Watch Institute, Professor Robert. D. Langenkamp concludes that, despite several positive attributes, the new bill leaves many questions unanswered and many problems unaddressed.
This year, Tanzania's government is preparing new mining legislation for introduction in Parliament that would establish a new fiscal regime and legal framework to enhance the contribution of the country's mining sector. For the past ten years of implementation of the mining policy and law, the contributions of the mineral sector to the GDP reached only 2.7% despite becoming a top export earner. The discrepancy has caused mounting public concern for policy, fiscal and legal reforms to increase the sector’s contribution to the national economy. In light of these ongoing reforms in the Tanzanian mining sector, the nation’s Parliament, civil society organizations and members of the media sought expert support from the Revenue Watch Institute to increase their capacity to effectively scrutinize and deliberate on the proposed legislation.