Shell, BG, and keeping the lights on in Tunisia

on April 8, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

What it would be really interesting to know is: how far is Tunisia’s government aware today that it will shortly have a new business partner in keeping the lights on in the country? The announcement that Shell is acquiring the BG Group is certainly global business news. A result of falling oil prices and higher more »

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 »

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