NRGI set out to collect total oil, gas and mining revenue data for the countries included in the Resource Governance Index to find out how many dollars flow to governments that mismanage the handling of their natural resources.
As the largest resource-for-infrastructure deal ever reached at the time of its signature, the Sicomines case has generated much controversy in Kinshasa, Beijing, and Western capitals alike. It is so large in scale that its value exceeded the Congolese state budget the year it was signed.
While the Indonesian government welcomes Chinese investment, it remains questionable if Asia’s largest economic powerhouse and the world’s largest economy can play by the rules of good governance, social and environmental protection.
This photo essay is the third installment in NRGI's 2015 extractive industries photo documentary project, which aims to capture the complex political, environmental and social realities at resource extraction sites throughout Myanmar.