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Myanmar’s natural resources, including deposits of oil, natural gas, gemstones and other minerals, have attracted growing interest from foreign and domestic investors at a time of regulatory and institutional change. A newly-elected government led by the National League for Democracy (NLD) appears poised to expand on major political and economic reforms that began in 2010.

Citizens from resource-rich African countries are showing ever-greater interest in the management of extractive resources. Civil society members and journalists are demanding transparency and accountability.

This week, 29 participants from 13 countries — including Ghana, Chile, Uganda, Myanmar, Mongolia and Guinea — are taking part in our third annual Executive Course in Oil, Gas and Mining Governance in Oxford.

Myanmar’s citizens have the potential to benefit from the country’s endowments of oil, gas, and gems, but governance of these industries has been historically problematic and so many actors are pushing for change. Last month, NRGI staff began working with EITI stakeholders in Myanmar on a new project that will use the Natural Resource Charter to help build consensus on priorities for extractive industries reform.

The price of oil, the commodity that more than any other determines the fortunes of Nigeria, has fallen over 50 percent since June 2014. The country’s 37 billion barrels of oil reserves are now significantly less valuable than before...

Across sub-Saharan Africa, civil society groups and journalists have been playing an increasingly important role in advocating for governance reform. Part of their aim is to increase the chances that their countries’ sub-soil wealth might be transformed into meaningful strides in development.

At a recent Istanbul workshop on extractive sector transparency in Eurasia, Rysbek Toktogul—tax and financial compliance manager at Kyrgyzstan’s largest mining project—stood out as the only private sector executive in the room.

Students from the Madeleine Albright Institute of Global Affairs at Wellesley College recently asked NRGI governance policy analyst Marie Lintzer some fundamental and important questions about the governance of the extractive sector. We share the informative Q&A here on NRGI’s blog.

The challenges of governing Nigeria’s oil sector are many. Years of corruption and theft – and now plummeting oil prices - present a tough mix for an economy largely dependent on resource revenues.

In resource-rich countries around the world, senior-level policymakers face difficult extractive sector decisions—from how to attract investors and manage revenues to how to engage citizens and protect the environment.

With the 2014 presidential election finally settled, Afghanistan could be on the verge of its so-called “transformational decade”—one focused on peace and development, following more than 13 years as a ward, more or less, of the international community and a frontline for the “war on terror” that has played out in the region.

The 2014 Natural Resource Charter Conference, presented by NRGI and OxCarre, took place on June 12 and 13 in Oxford, England.

On 12 June, the Natural Resource Governance Institute, formerly the Revenue Watch Institute - Natural Resource Charter, will launch the second edition of the Natural Resource Charter—a set of principles for societies on how to best harness the opportunities created by extractive resources for development—at its annual charter conference in Oxford, England.

This year's Natural Resource Charter conference took place June 12-13 in Oxford, England...

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.

This year’s focus will be “Strengthening Resource Governance: Policy and the Application of Measurement,” and will bring together policy makers, practitioners, academics and other leading experts (including many from developing countries) to discuss the latest research and policy relating to the governance of resource wealth...

Transparency in the African nation’s resource sector is by no means simple. Former politicians, cabinet ministers and civil society members met to discuss opacity and accountability.

The intensive six-day course is providing 20 participants from 10 different countries with a complete overview of the policy decisions that governments face in management of extractive resources with instruction led by world experts sharing their knowledge and insights.

Chatham House released guidelines developed by researchers and public officials to provide policy-makers with targeted advice on how to embed good governance and management as they build a petroleum industry.

A Financial Times review praises The Oil Curse, an examination of the consequences of oil wealth by RWI advisor Michael Ross.

Two hundred activists from more than 50 countries gathered this week for the Publish What You Pay (PWYP) International Conference in Montreal, Canada. Speakers included leaders of the coalition's advisory group and civil society representatives from the governing board of the EITI.