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Volatility of Commodity Prices and Investment Flows

Precept 8 The unpredictability and volatility of commodity prices, capital movements and revenue flows are well known—often from bitter experience of inflation, Dutch Disease and boom & bust in public expenditure and borrowing in resource-rich countries. A couple of recent... Read More

Ghana Oil Readiness Report Card

Last month, Ghana’s Civil Society Platform on Oil and Gas issued a ‘Readiness Report Card’ on stakeholder preparations for the potentially transformative—and disruptive—impact of oil revenues from the Jubilee Field, where commercial extraction began in December 2010, marking Ghana’s debut as an oil producer.... Read More

Oil Money Must Not Be Eaten Too

Civil Society Uganda Precept 2 When the big people eat the money…indignant animators strike back. Watch this call for transparency and vigilance circulating in Uganda, urging families to take possession of theirresource wealth—and their country. Hat tip: Alice Powell at the... Read More

Transparency and Beyond

Precept 1 Precept 2 Precept 11 Precept 12 Earlier this year the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) held its fifth Global Conference in Paris. The event was dominated by often lively debate on three broad issues: the extent to which the voluntary... Read More

New rules for Africa’s resource scramble

This post previously appeared on February 21st 2011 as a guest posting at the Aid Thoughts blog. Natural resource extraction in Africa is a big deal. Particularly when it comes to sub-soil assets such as oil, gas and minerals. Between 2000 and... Read More

Conditional Cash Transfers can help deliver real benefits for citizens

Mexico Precept 1 Precept 9 Over at the Guardian’s development blog, Madeline Bunting discusses the growing popularity of conditional cash transfers (CCTs) in emerging economies and the development community. What does this have to do with natural resources? A great deal, it turns out. The... Read More

Second Natural Resource Charter Annual Workshop held in Oxford, September 16 and 17

Charter Announcement Natural Resource Charter Annual Workshop Building an Informed Consensus 15-16 September, 2010 The annual workshop on the Natural Resource Charter took place over two days in mid-September, 2010. The conference was held at the Department of Economics in... Read More

The Natural Resource Charter and EITI: Building the Foundations of Informed Societies

November 24th, 2009 Posting at their website, Paul Collier praises the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) as ‘the right point’ in the chain of decisions about natural resources to ‘break the cycle of plunder’. He explains how the Natural Resource Charter... Read More

A New Division of Labor for Development in the 21st Century

United States of America Declaring that ‘the United States is changing the way we do business’, President Barack Obama announced a ‘new US Global Development Policy – the first of its kind’, to the Millennium Development Goals Summit at UN Headquarters... Read More

Guardian Poverty Matters: Fast-tracking progress on the MDGs

Commenting on the Millennium Development Goals Summit, Paul Collier and Jamie Drummond argue that, in the face of OECD austerity and faster growth in poorer, resource-rich countries, further progress towards the MDGs requires a global process to bring common standards... Read More