In 2017, after a decade of working with journalists, NRGI crafted a new strategy for media programming, leveraging lessons from its development programs and considering broader learning and trends in the field.
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.
Lengga Pradipta is part of the Human Ecology team in the Research Centre for Population at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences. As Advancing Accountable Resource Governance in Asia Pacific progressed, Lengga spoke with NRGI about researching Belitung’s aim to develop its tourism industry and move away from a mining-based economy.
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.
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.
On the sidelines of Advancing Accountable Resource Governance in Asia Pacific, Grice spoke with NRGI about a formative early work experience in Papua New Guinea as a sustainable development group manager with Newcrest Mining, his more recent work and quantifying the unquantifiable.