Jun 13, 2013
Ending the "Resource Curse": Canada Commits to Make Mining More Transparent
Location of TSX and TSXV-listed companies’ mineral projects

By Catherine Easton, Natalya Lozovaya, Peter Veit

(Original article posted on WRI Insights on June 13, 2013:

Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, took a significant step toward promoting transparency and reducing global poverty. He announced yesterday that Canada will implement mandatory reporting requirements for Canadian extractive companies operating both in-country and abroad.

Jun 10, 2013
The Report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the Panel's Co-chair, hands over the report to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Photo from

On 30 May 2013, Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations’ Secretary-General, received a landmark report from the High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Established by the Secretary-General in 2012, the 27-member Panel is co-chaired by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron.

The report outlines a universal agenda to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 and deliver on the promise of sustainable development.

May 31, 2013
Improving Freedom Of Information In Uganda
Men logging in a Ugandan forest. Photo credit: Douglas Sheil, CIFOR.

By Catherine Easton (WRI), Natalya Lozovaya (WRI), Peter Veit (WRI) and Harriet Bibangambah (Greenwatch)

(Original article posted on WRI Insights on May 31, 2013:

May 29, 2013
A new focus on implementation of ATI laws

There is growing evidence of a greater focus on efforts to assess and promote more effective implementation of ATI laws. WRI released a little over a year ago new research on implementation challenges in 3 African countries (Uganda, Ghana and South Africa) as part of its ATI in Africa Project. The paper entitled Passive and Active Resistance to Openess : The Transparency Model for ATI laws in Africa written with partners from each of these countries (ODAC, CDD and Greenwatch) documents longstanding implementation challenges in Uganda, Ghana and South Africa.

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