The aim of this collaborative project is to enhance the capacity of emerging oil and gas producers to establish context-appropriate rules and institutions for good governance of their petroleum sectors and to engage credibly with international partners.

This project takes as its starting point that governance recommendations gain better acceptance if designed by producer countries. Our annual discussion group creates a space for information sharing and an honest appraisal of governance challenges among producers. The discussion group has built a strong network and community of practice among emerging producers. 

This project helps emerging petroleum producers:

  • Elaborate sound policies to govern their nascent petroleum sectors. The project develops practical guidelines for making effective decisions about the structure and rules of the petroleum sector in an imperfect context. It also carries out research on policy challenges faced by emerging producers.
  • Develop a peer-to-peer network through which they can share their information with other producer countries.
  • Build capacity at various levels of government and in national oil companies thanks to free training sessions led by experts and mentoring relationships between producer countries.
  • Improve intra-regional cooperation, through workshops that bring emerging and established producers together to share their experiences and lessons learned.
  • Improve understanding of the petroleum sector among national stakeholders thanks to in-country seminars. National seminars create a space for a national dialogue on the key objectives of the petroleum sector and its role in the development agenda. 

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 project is co-organized by Chatham House, the Natural Resource Governance Institute and the Commonwealth Secretariat. The discussion group benefits from sponsorship from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Africa Prosperity Fund, Shell and Tony Blair’s Africa Governance Initiative. The World Bank, PETRAD, the Africa Governance Initative and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Development are knowledge partners of 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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