Last month PLSI launched Resourcebenefits.ng, a new platform designed to enable extractive affected communities in Nigeria to understand the resource revenue their government entities receive and monitor its utilization for the development of their communities.
Ghana, a country rich in aluminium, bauxite, gold, manganese, oil and gas, joined the global Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in 2003 to promote good governance in the extractives sector. EITI is a multi-stakeholder effort comprising government agencies, civil society actors, and extractive companies.
Management of Cambodia’s natural resources is opaque and growing restrictions on civic space mean that communities and civil society groups have few opportunities to engage with the government or companies on critical issues, such as how the impacts of mining on local people are managed or how revenues are used.
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.
Kridtaya Sakamornsnguan, a mining engineer in the Department of Primary Industries and Mines in Thailand’s Ministry of Industry, spoke with NRGI about Thailand’s most significant resource governance challenges, how Thailand can improve natural resources regulation and her takeaways from Advancing Accountable Resource Governance in Asia Pacific.