Natural Resource Charter Blog/News

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.

Case study: A comprehensive resource development strategy - Norway’s path to inclusive and sustainable development

September 17, 2012

Norway is a often used as a shining example of good natural resource management. First in a series of short case studies, "A comprehensive resource development strategy: Norway's path to inclusive and sustainable development" charts the creation of a comprehensive policy framework that helped Norway resist many of the problems facing resource-rich countries, and establish the country as one of the most successful economies in the world. The case study highlights many of the issues contained in Precept 1 of the Natural Resource Charter. In particular, it highlights some of the factors already present in the country that ensured the success of the policy framework, but cautions that such factors may not be easily replicated in other countries. The case also suggests that the path to sustainable development is not yet complete, and further structural changes may be necessary.

Reversing the Resource Curse: Theory and Practice

September 4, 2012

The Natural Resource Charter, Revenue Watch and the School of Public Policy at the Central European University are now accepting applications for the advanced course: "Reversing the Resource Curse: Theory and Practice."

To apply, interested individuals should submit the application form by 23 September 2012, accompanied by:

- a resume

- a letter from your employer in support of your application, which also describes your organization’s work related to the extractives industries

- a short essay (no more than two pages) on the challenges faced by the extractives industries in your country of origin/residence (or internationally) and on your expectations of how you will support you in your efforts to help address these challenges.

Download the course brochure to learn more.


NRC Included in African Progress Panel's Recommendations

June 18, 2012

TThe Africa Progress Report 2012 was launched on 11 May 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during the World Economic Forum on Africa. The report was presented at a press conference by Kofi AnnanPeter EigenBob GeldofOlusegun Obasanjo and Tidjane Thiam. The event drew a large and diverse audience: over 100 journalists and friends of the APP from partner organizations registered for the event.

Prominent guests attending the launch event included Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Finance Minister and Coordinating Minister of the Economy of Nigeria, Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank, Jean Ping, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Aliko Dangote, President of the Dangote Group, and Abdoulie Janneh, UN Under Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), among others.

The purpose of the APP report is to provide an overview of the progress Africa has made over the previous year. Drawing on the research and analysis available on Africa the Panel recommends a series of policy choices and actions for African policy makers who have primary responsibility for Africa’s progress, as well as international partners and civil society organisations.

To read the full report, click here.

New video about coalitions to fight the resource curse

April 18, 2012

Check out the new video from the World Bank Institute about how coalitions between governments, citizens and private companies can work together to tackle the challenges of resource wealth. Tell us what you think! 

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