This hearing will focus on programs that support revenue transparency such as the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and their ability to improve human rights in resource-rich countries.  One of the hallmarks of EITI is the equal seat that civil society is given at the table with government and industry through the multi-stakeholder working group.  Questions remain, however, as to the real role civil society is being allowed to play,

The three core functions of Parliament–-representing constituent interests, legislating, and overseeing the executive branch–-are crucial along the entire extractive industries value chain. Legislators are responsible for ensuring that policy and regulatory frameworks regarding extractive industries benefit the population, and they can make sure that government agencies appropriately allocate and account for revenues. However, because of capacity constraints, and a lack of strong analytical backgrounds,

"Strengthening the Publish What You Pay (PWYP) campaign and advocacy for a transparent and accountable management of natural resources in Francophone Africa" is the topic of this regional workshop that is taking place in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire from January 29 to February 2.

For program and information please visit the PWYP website.

The seminar will focus on emerging trend toward enhancing international cooperation in natural resource extraction to help achieve sustainable development and poverty reduction in resource-rich countries, thereby ensuring a long-term win-win relationship between the people/ government of the host country and investors. A particular emphasis will be placed onto examining the merits of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI).

The Iraq EITI launch conference has been confirmed as 10-11 of January 2010 (Sunday and Monday) at the Al-Rasheed Hotel in the Green Zone.  It will be hosted by the Government of Iraq.  Please contact for more details or if you wish someone from your organisation to attend.  

The All Africa Mining Summit 2009 will deliberate the main drivers for the mining industry, explore new opportunities and probe issues facing the industry. Information and updates will be given on mining activities in Ghana, DRC, Zambia, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Namibia, Angola & Botswana. 

The Summit is held in collaboration with the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre and is supported by the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Association of Ghana Industries,

The EITI, as part of a series of workshops organised in cooperation with InWEnt, the capacity building arm of the German cooperation, announces the next workshop “Transparency in the Extractive sector in Latin America”. Participants are selected from the whole range of stakeholders in the extractive sector in the resource-rich countries across the region. Speakers and participants will take stock of the efforts made in the region to advance transparency as the standard practice in resource management.