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Policy Dialogue on Nigerian Natural Resource Charter and Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative  (27 June 2013): "The African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD) in partnership with the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) held a policy dialogue on Natural Resource Charter and the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) Act...The objective of the dialogue was to discuss the Natural Resource Charter (NRC) precepts and see how they relate to the NEITI Act and how the NRC can be used to strengthen the NEITI Act." Read the Communique Here.

Where to From Here?, Arthur Mutambara, Deputy Prime Minister, Republic of Zimbabwe (22 May 2013): "In addition to the specific recommendations above, Zimbabwe must embrace the global initiative around the concept of a Natural Resource Charter, a brain child of independent academics and practitioners championed by Professor Paul Collier of Oxford University. Their analysis and proposition involves precepts to inform and improve natural resource management. This will help to ensure that the opportunities provided by new discoveries and commodity booms benefit the generality of the people." Full Article.

"The African State and Natural Resource Governance in the 21st Century", Ngozi Okongo-Iweala, Minister of Finance, Nigeria, Opening Speech at the North South Institute Governing Natural Resources for Africa's Development (19 May 2013): "...for the purposes of managing natural resource revenues, I have found frameworks such as the Natural Resource Charter and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative to be helpful" Full Transcript. Video.

“How Africa can Extract Big Benefits for Everyone from Natural Resources!”, Shanta Devarajan, Chief Economist of the World Bank Africa Region, Poverty Matters Blog (29th June 2011): “As the Natural Resource Charter holds its 2nd Annual Workshop a the University of Oxford, in the UK this week, the combination of rising commodity prices and falling costs of communication technology presents Africa with an unprecedented opportunity to reduce poverty and fight corruption…..” Full Article

“Five Inexpensive Actions that Europe Can Take for Africa”, Paul Collier (March 2011): “On March 15th, Commissioner Piebalgs convened a meeting of experts on development (surely a good sign). Here I suggest five Commission actions which would help Africa” Full Article

NRC Executive Session during the EITI Global Conference 2011 in Paris (2-3rd March 2011): The 5th Annual EITI Global Conference, “Transparency Counts”, saw around 1000 leaders from governments, companies, civil society as well as international organizations and academia gathering in Paris to discuss the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. The question of how to broaden the discussion from transparency to wider governance of extractives received a great deal of attention and the Natural Resource Charter was referred to as the right next step by the President of the African Development Bank and the Minister of Finance of South Africa. The NRC hosted an executive session entitled “Going Beyond Transparency”, moderated by Huguette Label, chair of the Board of Directors of Transparency International: Listen here

Norwegians announce support for the NRC: “From Resource Curse to Inclusive Growth? Norway supports the Natural Resource Charter” (17th Feb 2011):“The ‘resource curse’ refers to the paradox that abundant natural resources, specifically non-renewable resources like minerals and fuels, for various reasons have tended to deter economic growth and human development outcomes in many countries…We hope the Charter will serve as an international standard for extractive resource policies and are willing to work closely with and support the Charter.” full article

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