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6 Yale J. Int'l Aff. 25 (2011)
Does Transparency Work? The Challenges of Measurement and Effectiveness in Resource-Rich Countries

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By Alexandra Gillies and Antoine Heuty
This paper investigates the impact of transparency initiatives on
improving governance and economic outcomes in oil, gas, and
mineral rich developing countries. We provide two explanations
for the apparent shortcomings in impact. Methodological
challenges prevent its accurate observation, and work in this area
requires a more politically-nuanced and explicitly-stated casual
chain between the disclosure of information and improved
development outcomes. Second, shortcomings and limitations
in the design of existing transparency initiatives hinder a
demonstrable and transformative impact on development
outcomes. In particular, many initiatives are externally driven
and target transparency too narrowly which affects both the
intent and character of their implementation.
Not everything that counts can be measured.
Not everything that can be measured counts.
- Albert Einstein
Alexandra Gillies is Governance Advisor with the Revenue Watch Institute (www.revenuewatch.org). She
holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, where her research addressed the political economy of
oil sector reform in Africa. Dr. Gillies has consulted for the World Bank, the U.K. government and other
organizations on natural resource governance projects, and has published articles on Nigerian politics
and petroleum governance issues, and co-edited the volume Smart Aid for African Development (2009:
Lynne Reiner). She has degrees from the University of Ghana and Emory University.
Antoine Heuty is Deputy Director with the Revenue Watch Institute. Mr. Heuty has served as a public
finance economist at the United Nations Development Program and as an economist for water projects
in Armenia and Azerbaijan. He is the co-author of Fiscal Space -Policy Options for Financing Human
Development and various articles on public investment, fiscal policy, and economic development. Mr.
Heuty studied at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris, Oxford University, and Columbia University's
School of International and Public Affairs.


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