Natural Resource Governance

Harness the transformative power of natural resource wealth for sustainable and inclusive human development.

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US$1.5Testimated to be paid in bribes by businesses and individuals each year

>1Bpeople live in poverty in countries rich in natural resources

Our approach

Ensuring that the citizens of resource-rich countries are the ultimate owners and primary benefactors of their natural resource wealth

by building platforms of collaboration between international institutions, governments, civil society and business, and working across the natural resource value chain to enhance governance, reduce corruption and enable people to have agency and voice in decisions affecting them.

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Partners and projects

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Community Smart Consultation & Consent

Strengthen and scale inclusive and effective natural resource governance by improving consultation and consent practices for the benefit of all stakeholders, including Indigenous peoples, local communities, civil society, government, and the private sector.

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From Disclosure to Development

Making disclosed natural resource data accessible and useful to citizens to drive more informed public debate, accountability and decision-making.

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Open Contracting in Resource-rich Countries

Helping ensure governments of resource-rich countries spend the benefits of natural resource wealth in a fair, sustainable and corruption-free way to deliver quality services and infrastructure to citizens.

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Leveraging Transparency to Reduce Corruption

Using research on and building platforms for collaboration among transparency, accountability, and participation initiatives to co-develop successful and context-responsive approaches to combat corruption.

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Opening Extractives

Transforming the availability and use of beneficial ownership data for effective governance in the extractive sector, helping to catalyze the availability and use of beneficial ownership data and providing multiyear support to partner countries to implement reforms on beneficial ownership disclosure in the extractive sector.

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RISE Ukraine

A coalition of Ukrainian organizations and international partners working on open government and anticorruption reform, RISE Ukraine aims to help build the country back better, making the reconstruction a model of integrity, sustainability and efficiency.

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Sustaining successful outcomes

It has been the Foundation's privilege to partner with Transparency International for many years on such an innovative project, as they now build on the successful outcomes from the project and continue to amplify their impact.


Accountable Mining

Over five years, our support enabled Transparency International to use research, assessment and dialogue to provide a better understanding of, and find solutions to address, the risks and impacts of corruption in the process of awarding mining licenses in resource-rich countries. The now proven evidence base, with the suites of tools and methodologies, continue to be effective in resource-rich countries and their success has attracted further investment to continue this work.

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Program updates

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One solution won't end corruption, but many could

With US$1.5 trillion estimated to be paid in bribes by businesses and individuals each year, transparency and oversight in beneficial ownership and public procurement play a critical role in the fight against corruption in the extractives sector.

7 days ago

Natural Resource Governance

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Exponential increase in demand for transition minerals: risk and opportunity

Never has extractive industry transparency been more critical than in shaping the energy transition, as resource rich countries will face an exponential increase in demand which will lead to wealth generation. This presents both huge risk and opportunity.

76 days ago

Natural Resource Governance

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Increasing women's participation in Colombia’s public procurement

The city of Palmira, in Colombia, has taken crucial steps to use public procurement to empower those who have been historically excluded from the economy, including women businesses and small and microbusinesses.

129 days ago

Natural Resource Governance

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Fight against corruption builds momentum at Summit for Democracy

Addressing and fighting corruption was high on the agenda at the second Summit for Democracy held on March 29-30, 2023, co-hosted by United States President Biden with the governments of Costa Rica, the Netherlands, Republic of Korea, and Republic of Zambia.

155 days ago

Natural Resource Governance

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Global and national programs

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