Extractives Resource Hub

The Extractives Resource Hub (‘The Hub’) will be an interactive one-stop shop for decision-makers in emerging resource-rich countries, providing easy and coordinated access to high-quality, on-demand evidence, world class expertise and personalised support for good management of the sector throughout the lifecycle of the oil, gas and mining industries; from exploration to export.

Project members at the launch in December 2015


The primary Hub users will be national policy-makers, advisers, regulators, lawmakers and local-level officials in resource-rich countries.  In addition, as a platform linking to the wide constellation of extractives resources, The Hub will be useful for civil society groups, private sector players, media, researchers and development professionals who have an interest in sustainable oil, gas and mining activities that deliver tangible benefits to people in emerging extractives countries.

The Hub is being implemented by Adam Smith International in partnership with the University of Dundee, Open Oil and technology provider Skotkonung. The project began in December 2015 and will continue through to November 2019.

The main project outputs are a Resource Hub and Helpdesk, providing resource-rich developing country governments with user-friendly access to information regarding the management of extractive industries.

The Hub combines internet-based resources with ‘live’ advisory support. First, it will collate, classify and signpost users to available information in order to guide them quickly and easily to the sources most suitable to their needs. These services will be available to anyone.

Government officials, DFID country offices and advisers in a number of focus countries will also have access to bespoke advice through a virtual helpdesk and a matchmaking service that identifies relevant experts for rapid-response support on a comprehensive menu of issues such as strategic investment, policy and programming at the national, subnational and regional levels.

Cross-cutting themes such as managing commodity market cycles, climate-smart decision-making, conflict, gender, youth employment and combating illicit financial flows will be covered as well.

The focus countries currently include Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Tanzania, Afghanistan, Burma, Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan. This list is not exhaustive and will likely change over the lifetime of The Hub.

The Hub is an initiative of the UK Department for International Development (DFID-UKAID), one part of DFID’s Releasing the Transformational Potential of Extractives for Economic Development Initiative which includes a sister project on making better use of extractive industry open data (USEDATA).

We have strong working relationships with many of the key partners, such as The Columbia Centre Negotiation Portal, the EISourceBook, the Natural Resource Governance Institute, and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

A 12-member Reference Group, which include southern academic institutions, will ensure the project remains relevant and alert to the latest thinking and trends in EI governance. Our proposed comprehensive stakeholder mapping and engagement strategy will promote wide collaborative linkages; suggested champions in user organisations will foster working relationships between the project team and the end users.

We  plan  to  maximise  user  uptake  of  the  hub  through  identification  and  establishment  of  close  working  relationships with local champions across the DFID focus country network, and beyond. These local champions will be an integral part of the feedback loop to the project team, and extending the hub user network.

April 2016 - The first two new staff to be hired on the project have been appointed, details here

August 2016 - Project meeting held in CEPMLP Carnegie Building, details here

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Peter Cameron