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 »

The concession layer: 12,500 concessions, 2,000 companies, 41 countries

on December 10, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

Oil geek question – how many concession blocks are there in Africa? (Answer below) Transparency has won big victories in its 15 years or so of life as a movement. EITI got going and spread to 50 countries. Companies and governments agreed some transparency was a good thing, and the national security argument that prevailed more »

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