Afghanistan

Managing public expectations is one of the toughest challenges that governments face now that commodity prices have dramatically declined. A gathering earlier this month in Tanzania brought together public officials from 15 emerging producers to discuss the implications of the price drop on their strategies.

While the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative has successfully increased transparency in the extractive sector over the last ten years, data from its reports are often underutilized by global and in-country actors. If this challenge is overcome, EITI reports could inform much more to policymaking and public debate, and thereby contribute to better governance and accountability in the oil, gas and mining sector.

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.

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

A recent article asserts a "new war" is brewing between the Taliban and Afghan government. But there would be no winners in such a "war."

In mid-November, CSOs gathered in Afghanistan to discuss and coordinate advocacy on the role of natural resources in the nation's economic development.

At a 14 October press conference, Afghanistan's Mining Minister Wahidullah Shahrani said: "No contract will be kept secret."

What will the government do next to fulfill and sustain its stated goal of transparency in Afghanistan’s extractives sector?

Poised to earn billions of dollars from mining companies, Afghanistan has released its first EITI reports on payments, receipts and management.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is taking new steps to ensure the country's natural resource wealth benefits its citizens.