Natural Resource Charter Blog/News

The 2017 Benchmarking Exercise Report; opportunities, gains and losses

December 4, 2017

The benchmarking exercise provides a wealth of evidence to measure Nigeria’s performance against twelve precepts of good practice set out in the Charter covering the entire decision chain in the management of natural resources. Precept 1 which is securing the greatest social and economic benefits for the people of Nigeria is the high-level summary of all the subsequent 11 Precepts.

NEITI Report: A Case for a Robust Oil Savings Fund for Nigeria

December 4, 2017

by Ode OjowuThe NEITI Report is, as usual, very lucid and straight to the point. It’s summary that “The failure of Nigeria to record meaningful savings from oil revenues despite establishing several accounts for that purpose, and in spite of consistently high oil prices especially in the ten years up to 2014, is traceable as much to a failure to comply with the rules guiding the stabilisation funds as well as to deficiencies in the rules”, cannot be put better.

NNRC Poised to Provide Guidance for Improved Oil and Gas Sector Management in Nigeria

December 4, 2017

The Nigeria Natural Resource Charter (NNRC) is poised to provide the necessary guidance to help both the government and people of Nigeria effectively harness the opportunities in the oil and gas sector for the betterment of the people. As part of ongoing interactions with government officials, industry practitioners, and other stakeholders, the NNRC is working hard to ensure that the 12 Precepts are adopted as yardstick to inform and improve natural resource management in the country.

NNRC Engages the Media to Improve Accountability within the Petroleum Sector

December 4, 2017

The Nigeria Natural Resource Charter (NNRC) has been engaging media practitioners at different fora on effective coverage of the oil and gas sector. This is with aim to help the media understand the intricacies of the sector and also be properly equipped to carry out value added reportage of the sector.

Govt. urged to hasten the Cleanup of Ogoniland

December 4, 2017

The federal government has been implored to put all necessary mechanisms in place to hasten the cleanup of Ogoniland and other communities affected by oil and gas exploitation in line with the United Nations Environmental Protection (UNEP) report. This was the resolution at the Policy Roundtable organized by the Nigeria Natural Resource Charter (NNRC) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Job Opening: Program Officer - Data and Analysis Team

June 9, 2014

The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) seeks to hire a capable, experienced individual with excellent program management skills relevant to the Resource Governance Index project. The successful candidate will play a key coordination role in the design, delivery and execution of the Resource Governance Index 2015. In addition to key project management duties the role will also involve contributions to the methodology design as well as overseeing the data collection process and peer review on a day to day basis.

2014 Natural Resource Charter Conference Agenda

June 8, 2014

12-13 June, Oxford, UK

More details for this year's Natural Resource Charter conference are now available. The speakers and topics for open sessions can be found here. (All sessions not listed here will be conducted under the Chatham House rule.) The conference is fully subscribed, with 150 participants. However, the following sessions will be webcast, with log-on details to come in due course. They are also accessible to journalists who may register to attend in-person by contacting

Blavatnik/Natural Resource Charter Hold High-Level Course in Natural Resource Management

September 28, 2013

The Natural Resource Charter has partnered with the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford to establish a six-day executive course based on the precepts of the Natural Resource Charter.

NRC at the Just Governance conference in Caux, Switzerland

August 12, 2013

Each year Caux conferences bring together diplomats, politicians, academics, trade unionists, private sector representatives, and NGO workers from over 60 countries. The conference provides an opportunity to explore the structures and personal qualities that promote ethical and inclusive governance, as well as questioning how countries can achieve a form of governance which is accountable to all citizens.

Managing Oil for All: A High-Level Roundtable on Oil Governance

July 1, 2013

Good governance and regulation of oil are public goods that benefit all the actors involved in the oil industry. However, in  producing or exploring countries which have weak institutions and a challenging political landscape, these public goods have often been in short supply, leading to countries with weaker sectors, environmental disaster, public anger, under-development, corruption and even political instability.

Closing this governance gap in the oil sector will require new efforts at collaboration from all the stakeholders – governments, the private sector, and the public. Using Liberia and other emerging producers as case studies, the NRC, in collaboration with the International Growth Centre and the National Oil Corporation of Liberia, brought together an unusual and unprecedented mix of high level doers and thinkers from industry, academia and government to address this challenge.

Speakers and participants included:

  • Robert Sirleaf – Chairman, National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL)
  • Ali Moshiri – Managing Director, Africa and Latin America, Chevron
  • Walter Kansteiner – ExxonMobil
  • Brian Maxted – CEO, Kosmos
  • Karl Thompson - CEO, African Petroleu
  • Paul Collier – Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

For more information download the programme here.