Past eventResearch Event

Ghana's Big Test: Oil's Challenge to Democratic Development

13 February 2009 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Chatham House, London


Ian Gary, Senior Policy Advisor/Manager, Extractive Industries, Oxfam America
Chair: Christina Katsouris, Africa correspondent, Energy Intelligence



For Ghana, the start of oil production in late 2010 would seem to come as good news. With the peaceful transition of power from the New Patriotic Party to the National Democratic Congress in early 2009, Ghana hopes that oil revenues will help accelerate the country's effort to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals by 2015. But, as many other countries have shown, it will be a difficult journey to move from the generation of oil wealth to its proper investment. In too many other countries, oil booms have bred corruption, underdevelopment, social conflict and environmental damage.

At this event, Oxfam America and the Integrated Social Development Centre (Ghana) will release a new report, 'Ghana's Big Test: Oil's Challenge to Democratic Development'. Ian Gary, Senior Policy Advisor-Extractive Industries with Oxfam America in Washington, DC, and the report's author, will present the report's main findings and recommendations, followed by a roundtable discussion. Representatives from Tullow Oil and the Embassy of Ghana have been invited to participate in the discussion.

A copy of the report is available on Oxfam America's site: