March 2011 (#128)


In this update:

  • Promoting Revenue Transparency: 2011 Report on Oil and Gas Companies
  • On International Aid Transparency and Effectiveness
  • Middle East and North Africa can end legacy of human rights abuse and corruption

Promoting Revenue Transparency: 2011 Report on Oil and Gas Companies

This report, published by Transparency International in partnership with Revenue Watch, rates 44 companies on their levels of transparency. Representing 60 per cent of global oil and gas production, the companies are evaluated in three areas. If companies were more transparent about payments made to governments to exploit oil and gas resources, there would be less room for corruption and more money available for development. BHP and Woodside are included in the survey.

On International Aid Transparency and Effectiveness

Owen Barder is the Director of AidInfo – a program of Development Initiatives which aims to make information about aid more accessible. He is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Owen is also a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development. His blog, Owen Abroad, includes blog posts on ‘Eight lessons from three years working on transparency’ and ‘Global Development Challenges’.

Middle East and North Africa can end legacy of human rights abuse and corruption

Transparency International and Amnesty International have issued a joint statement. They ‘urge leaders – particularly in Tunisia and Egypt – to deliver on their promises of swift and substantive reform, and to reaffirm their commitment to human rights and the need to fight corruption. The two organisations also reiterated their calls for an end to violence against civilians in Libya.’ They comment that ‘Respect for human rights and a strong commitment to transparency and eradicating corruption are fundamental to building sustainable, accountable and inclusive governments in the Middle East and North Africa. The time to act is now.’