This collaborative project seeks to help emerging oil and gas producers and the advisory groups who guide them to think critically about the various policy options available during the first steps of exploration and development or when restructuring their sector, and select those that would be most effective in a context of low institutional and sector capacity. 


  • Enhance the capacity of emerging oil and gas producers to establish context-appropriate rules and institutions to govern their petroleum sector and to engage credibly with international partners.
  • Develop practical guidelines for making effective decisions about the structure and rules of the petroleum sector in an imperfect context. 
  • Promote better coordination of technical advisory programmes, in view of optimising their impact in country.

Discussion Groups

The project hosts an annual two-day New Producers Discussion Group, in collaboration with the following partners: Natural Resource Governance Institute and the Commonwealth Secretariat. 

The discussion group includes technical advisory groups, emerging producers and more established producers, as well as non-governmental organizations. The project’s partners hold technical training sessions for interested participants hold joint sessions following the discussion group meeting for technical training on specific issues of interest.

Discussion forum

The project has established an online group allowing the project network to exchange messages and access information. If you would like to join the group, please contact Valerie Marcel.

Partners and contributors

The Commonwealth Secretariat and the Natural Resource Governance Institute are co-organizers and sponsors of the project. PETRAD and the Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment are knowledge partners. Shell International Ltd. and KPMG LLP have generously offered financial assistance to the project. 

External publications

Institutional Design in Low-Capacity Oil Hotspots
Patrick R P Heller and Valerie Marcel, Revenue Watch Institute, 31 August 2012

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