Equipped with the new data, a growing community of civil society activists has studied various techniques to monitor and hold companies and governments accountable for payments received. Our colleagues at NRGI have used payments data to identify Nigeria oil management issues or gold mines’ state dividends receipts in Ghana.
Ces deux semaines de formation m’ont appris beaucoup de choses à travers les cours théoriques, la sortie sur le terrain et les échanges avec les autres camarades. Mme Zongo est Député à l’Assemblée Nationale du Burkina Faso et ingénieur hydrogéologue de formation. Cet entretien a porté sur une initiative inédite au Burkina, la commission d’enquête parlementaire sur le secteur extractif, et les perspectives ouvertes par la formation.
Across the world, journalists have been key to uncovering malfeasance in the natural resources sector. Media have exposed illicit activities by international oil companies like Royal Dutch Shell in Nigeria. They have shed light on Cameroon petroleum contracts that bring few benefits to locals and to national accounts.
Each year, the Natural Resource Governance Institute and Gadjah Mada University’s Department for Politics and Government host a residential training course on extractives governance in Indonesia. In 2018, NRGI and partners produced videos covering the course and interviews with course participants.
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.
Political parties can help ensure that their country gets the best deal for the extraction of its resources, manages revenues for the long-term best interests of citizens and avoids the resource curse.
In a report, Rio Tinto was accused of “illegitimately lowering” its withholding taxes paid to the government of Mongolia in relation to the Oyu Tolgoi copper mine. Rio allegedly did this by using a double tax agreement between Mongolia and the Netherlands, in addition to which it negotiated an even lower rate of withholding tax in its amended mining agreement in 2011. This piece reviews Rio’s tax arrangements.