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A decade of transparency highlights new opportunities for accountability in the land of steppe and sky.

Fresh from a landslide victory in last June’s elections, Mongolia’s new government faces both economic headwinds and opportunities for reform.

In May 2015, the European Union (EU) adopted the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD) requiring, among other things, government authorities to collect and maintain beneficial ownership (BO) information for companies incorporated in the territories of member states. This is a means of “tracing criminals who might otherwise hide their identity behind a corporate structure”, according to the AMLD.

Nine Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) implementing countries in the Anglophone and Lusophone region of Africa met in Abuja in early November to plan for the implementation of beneficial ownership (BO) disclosures. At the center of the discussion was the painstaking process of planning how to reveal who stands behind oil, gas and mining companies. Ben Mellor, the UK DFID country representative to Nigeria,

How EITI can help identify and address challenges in artisanal and small-scale mining.

Artisanal and small scale mining (ASM) provides a livelihood for millions of people in several resource rich developing countries and is a major source of economic development for many rural and regional communities.

ASM is the manual extraction of minerals by artisanal and small-scale miners. The manual miners often dramatically outnumber their counterparts in the industrial sector.

Beyond annual reporting of payments, the EITI is a tool for building open extractives data systems.

Mauritania has a strong tradition of nomadic herding, a vibrant culture of communication, trading and kindness to strangers. It has an opportunity to apply the same principles through the EITI. The EITI provides a framework for government and company disclosures. A key focus of this work is promoting open data.

Contracts, licenses and associated agreements establish many of the commitments between government and oil, gas or mining companies. In some cases, the terms of these contracts and licenses may be standard and complemented by taxation regimes. In other cases, these contracts, licenses and agreements include detailed terms for how the government and companies agree to share risk and reward over the life of long-term oil, gas and mining projects. Wherever the information is held,

When the EITI family met in Lima back in February this year it revised the EITI Standard. The 2016 EITI Standard made some significant improvements from the 2013 Standard which was hugely different from the previous EITI Rules. The 51 EITI implementing countries have over the years upped their commitments in quite an extraordinary way.

From simple figures to comprehensive information

The International Open Data Conference (IODC) is the annual meeting of the global open data community. IODC aims to build stronger relationships between open data initiatives from different governments and establish a dialogue between policymakers, NGO’s and companies. Extractives were a key theme at this year’s IODC in Madrid.

The Nigerian EITI (NEITI) is discussing the potential for open data to further enhance their already formidable reputation in promoting transparency in Nigeria's oil and gas sector. As ever, the devil is in the detail…

I am currently in Abuja, supporting NEITI in developing an open data policy. The EITI often leads to ground-breaking disclosures, but too often this information is locked in pdf reports. Our work on open data aims to make this information more accessible, useful and influential.

EITI implementing countries are increasingly making the information required by the EITI Standard available through government and corporate reporting systems (databases, websites, annual reports, portals etc). The International Secretariat encourages and recognises these efforts to mainstream the EITI into government structures and make transparency an integral part of how governments manage the sector.