NRGI hosted a discussion on the subject of enforcing fiscal discipline in Mongolia. A consultant for NRGI presented the findings of her research, entitled “Can the proposed fiscal council help improve fiscal discipline in Mongolia?” to a diverse audience of government officials, researchers, private sector executives and citizens.
Last year, Tunisian journalist and filmmaker Adel Zarrouk produced an Arabic-language documentary with NRGI funding addressing the April 2017 al Kamour movement, a wave of protests and sit-ins in the Tataouine region demanding employment and subnational development. That film and an interview with Zarrouk is now available online.
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.
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.
There is growing momentum to define the core objectives and principles of local level agreements in Mongolia. But the national government itself must do a better job of facilitating a national dialogue.
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 Mongolia, resource companies are encouraged to use local level agreements (LLAs), and though the quality and uptake of these agreements is not consistent, the country's experience provides important lessons for any resource-rich country that seeks to improve agreement-making in communities.
Villanueva is the director of the Philippine civil society organization Alternative Forum for Research in Mindanao. AFRIM focuses on natural resource management, sustainable rural development and peacebuilding.