Yan Naung Oak is a 2017 School of Data fellow for NRGI Myanmar working on data literacy and data availability in the jade mining sector. Last year, he participated in NRGI's massive online open course, Natural Resources for Sustainable Development: The Fundamentals of Oil, Gas, and Mining Governance. These are his takeaways.
Journalists confront informal and regulatory obstacles. In many cases, private companies and the government prevent media from accessing existing sources of free information. This may take the form of lengthy response times, publicly exposing information requests and managing the approval of how information is presented publicly.
NRGI president and CEO Daniel Kaufmann has published a "commodity note" op-ed in the Financial Times regarding the United States government decision to cease its implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.
The RGI draws attention to the fact that transparency does not always go hand in hand with protection of civic space. Countries such as Azerbaijan, Vietnam, Iraq and Angola all fail to promote citizen voice and government accountability while obtaining good transparency scores.