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Public interest modeling is the entry point, not the grand finale, of transparency work

on March 27, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

Models are powerful tools. So powerful in fact that the discussion of whether they should be unleashed into the public space has sometimes been accompanied by a discussion of the “dangers” of doing so – reminiscent of the first debates around the idea of transparency itself. General thinking has been that models are a stage more »


Modeling: Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good

on March 25, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

I opened this series by saying that public interest models of extractive industry projects did not serve only the purposes financial models have been used for to date but had, in addition to their analytical function, the three other main functions of pedagogy, advocacy and strengthening government support. In this post I will focus on more »


The four functions of public interest models

on March 20, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

We, and others, have made the case before that open financial models is the natural next stage of extractives governance. First, because you don’t know what you’ve got til its modeled, and secondly, the models themselves must be open to allow the cumulative learning that is really important for independent expertise to take hold. In more »


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