Breakthrough digital extractives initiative launched


A new project to support the development of a digital hub for high-quality, on-demand information, evidence and personalised  advice for good management of the extractives sector throughout the lifecycle of the oil, gas and mining industries has been launched.

The Resource Hub will go live at the end of 2016. It will bring together existing tools, research, analysis and training materials in user-friendly formats and will guide visitors quickly, easily and immediately to the sources they need. This innovative combination of internet-based resources will provide, for the first time, users from anywhere in the world access to a knowledge database that can be filtered by country and topic-specific information. Users from 12 pilot countries will also have access to a virtual helpdesk staffed by renowned industry experts who will provide rapid-responses and assist decision making.

The online platform will primarily serve national policy-makers, regulators, lawmakers, advisers and local-level officials in resource-rich countries to address the gap in knowledge sharing, which many decision makers face. It will also serve civil society groups, private sector players, media, researchers and development professionals involved or interested in sustainable oil, gas and mining activities that deliver tangible benefits to people in emerging extractives countries.

The Hub is an initiative of the UK Department for International Development (DFID). It 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 continues through November 2019.

According to Juliana Stoyanova, Team Leader of the project at Adam Smith International, “The Hub will be the go-to-resource for government users who seek support in making informed decisions about leveraging the potential of their extractive industries. The Hub will work with a wide partner community to provide extractives professionals around the world with a fully coordinated and digital platform that will strengthen policy-making capacity in the sector.”

Professor Peter Cameron, Director of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law & Policy at the University of Dundee believes that “In the current climate of upheaval in the oil, gas and mining sector, the Hub will act as a very influential and trusted vehicle for sound policy-making, particularly in relation to the sustainable development of these resources.”

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