This collaborative project aims to help emerging 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 petroleum sector. It seeks to help these emerging producers to select the policy options which are most effective within a context of low institutional and sector capacity.


The first objective of the project is to enhance the capacity of emerging oil and gas producers to establish context-appropriate rules and institutions to govern their petroleum sectors and to engage credibly with international partners. The second objective to ensure technical assistance is better tailored to demand.

How we aim to meet these objectives

  • Discussion groups that facilitate peer learning and promote a better understanding of the challenges faced in an emerging producer context.
  • Training sessions that build capacity at various levels of government and in national oil companies.
  • Practical guidelines for making effective decisions about the structure and rules of the petroleum sector in an imperfect context. These structure and solidify the learning process.

Discussion Groups

The project hosts an annual two-day New Producers Discussion Group, in collaboration with the following partners: Natural Resource Governance Institute, the Commonwealth Secretariat and Africa Governance Initiative.  The discussion group includes technical advisory groups, emerging producers and more established producers, as well as non-governmental organizations. The project’s partners offer training sessions on the day following the discussion group meeting. 

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, the Natural Resource Governance Institute and the Africa Governance Initiative are co-organizers and sponsors of the project. PETRAD and the Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment are knowledge partners. Shell International Ltd has 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


Our interactive presentation and training tool takes you through the policy objectives and recommendations of the Guidelines for Good Governance in Emerging Oil and Gas Producers.

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Presentation: Guidelines for Good Governance in Emerging Oil and Gas Producers
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