Effective States and Inclusive Development

The politics of power and natural gas in Tanzania: How political settlement dynamics shapes deals in a ‘new oil’ country

Working paper 149 Download pdf Peter Bofin, Rasmus Hundsbæk Pedersen and Thabit Jacob While research suggests that the rise in global oil prices from 2004 to 2014 strengthens the bargaining position of new ‘oil country’ governments, this paper suggests that the structure of deals is a

Profile of a Research Associate – Farwa Sial

13 July 2020 In the second in our series of spotlights on Research Associates, we discover more about Farwa Sial   What are your current circumstances during the coronavirus pandemic? Where are you living and what’s it like working from home? Unlike a lot of key workers and those

The impact of Covid-19 on oil and gas producers in developing countries

  12 June 2020 Farwa Sial     The global oil industry is experiencing major shocks as the Covid-19 pandemic endures. The challenge to the industry is not just coming from a decline in global demand for energy commodities, but also from questions about the future of the

Resource nationalism: Enabler or spoiler of pockets of effectiveness in ‘new oil’ Tanzania’s petroleum sector?

Working paper 144 Download pdf Rasmus Pedersen, Thabit Jacob and Peter Bofin A great deal of attention has been paid to the distributional aspects of resource nationalism in countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, but less is known about its effects on the state’s capacity. By unpacking the

Competition, fragmentation and ‘resource factionalism’: The politics of governing oil and gas in Kenya

Working paper 140 Download pdf Matthew Tyce This paper explores how Kenya’s political settlement has shaped the governance of its emerging oil sector. Specifically, it examines three aspects of oil governance: (1) institutional arrangements within the sector; (2) the extent to which b

What drives successful economic diversification in resource-rich countries?

Working paper 139 Download pdf Addisu A. Lashitew, Michael L. Ross and Eric Werker The ‘resource curse’ is often understood to imply poor growth in the non-resource sectors of the economy, but research into the diversification performance of resource-rich countries is limited. This pa

On Uganda’s ‘long march’ to first oil and the missing billions in the oil fund

    10 March 2020 Angelo Izama   Recently a government minister, Hon. David Bahati, claimed that money in early receipts to Uganda’s oil fund was finished, as had long been suspected by civil society activists. This perhaps ‘lays to rest’ one aspect of oil g

The politics of governing oil after ‘best-practice’ reforms: Can ‘pockets of effectiveness’ survive within Uganda’s political settlement?

Working paper 128 Download pdf Sam Hickey Angelo Izama Uganda is frequently lauded for adopting a rules-based approach to oil governance, despite having failed to move to production after discovering commercial quantities of oil in 2006. This has been closely associated with the polit

Universidad del Pacífico presenta libro ‘Gobernanza de las industrias extractivas: política, historia, ideas’

8 July 2019 For all non-Spanish readers, this blog is about the launch of the Spanish version of the book, Governing Extractive Industries, in Peru. El Centro de Estudios sobre Minería y Sostenibilidad de la Universidad del Pacífico presentó el libro ‘Gobernanza de las industria

Five ESID books are open access and free to download

26 June 2019 With the recent publication of two new books, The Politics of Education in Developing Countries and Negotiating Gender Equity in the Global South, there are now five ESID books open access, free to download at these links: