Increasing transparency as well as business and civic engagement in government contracting are powerful ways to craft better agreements, improve public services, deter fraud and corruption, build trust and promote a more competitive business environment. A new report from NRGI and the Open Contracting Partnership details how to do it.
Tolonen’s research focuses on how natural resources affect labor markets, criminal behavior, health and social welfare, and, in particular, gender inequality. Tolonen also focuses on the economics of gender in the household and child health in developing countries.
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.
NRGI offers global and regional courses (both in-person and online) that are tailored to civil society advocates, government officials, journalists, parliamentarians and other actors who are working to improve the management of oil, gas and minerals.
Civil society actors fighting for better resource governance must engage with reformers in government and business and speak “truth to power” with those parties hampering progress, NRGI president and CEO Daniel Kaufmann tells RAW Talks.
Three years ago, Mexico opened up to private energy firms, ending state-owned Pemex’s monopoly in the oil and gas industry. Priscila Rodríguez Santamaría, senior advisor for hydrocarbon policy to Mexico’s Energy Secretariat, spoke with NRGI about this new period in the history of Mexico’s oil industry.
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.