When I first heard about the project, Oil Reporting in Iraq, I was a little surprised that it was even necessary for people outside Iraq to deal with such a topic. It was one of the first projects I worked on at OpenOil back in 2010, and it consisted of a wikipedia-style database with articles more »
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To set the scene, our trip was an assessment mission for Revenue Watch Institute, looking into transparency possibilities in and around the oil and gas sector. We decided to meet up with people from a variety of backgrounds; transparency activists, newly-established NGO workers, oil sector managers, and government officials, as well as talking to the public, to get as broad a picture as possible. Our first full day was pretty full on- 4 meetings, with the founder of a new magazine, our “fixer” and someone who had worked in the oil sector, a civil society worker, and the acting head of the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA).