Extractive Industries Source Book
The University of Dundee/CEPMLP received a US$1.5 million grant in 2010 for a unique study on good practice issues in the development of hydrocarbons and mining resources in capital importing countries. In 2015 a further grant from The World Bank has allowed a programme of updating to commence, including the introduction of responsive technology for mobile telephonic access and the conclusion of a hard copy version of the Source Book for publication in 2016.
The EI Source Book project collates diverse experiences from disparate sources, drawing on a wide variety of stakeholders, and make the results readily available to senior users in government departments in developing countries as well as civil society groups and decentralised, informal networks.
"Poor choices are often made by governments through a lack of knowledge of experiences in countries with similar circumstances. The shortcomings in development outcomes in natural resources can result from secrecy, asymmetry of information, poor prioritisation and planning, weak institutional capacity and a lack of checks and balances", Professor Peter Cameron, Director of CEPMLP, who is the leader of the project at Dundee.
The project is being supported financially by the World Bank Group's Extractive Industries Technical Advisory Facility (EI-TAF). The lead role is being taken by Dundee's Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) The partners of the project are as follows: the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia), the University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa), Pact (Washington DC, United States (US)), Global Witness (London, UK), Revenue Watch Institute (New York, US), the International Council of Mines and Minerals (ICMM) (London, UK), the University of Burgundy (Dijon, France), Adam Smith International (London, UK), and the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) (Accra, Ghana).
It supports capacity building and access to knowledge in these countries, especially in their relations with international investors. It is interactive too, through online submission of documents for inclusion, and via both Twitter and embedded comments boxes.
A hard copy of the basic 'Source Book Narrative' will also be available later in 2016, building upon the success of the website.