Overarching Resources


This section provides links of websites of organisations have in-depth research and work on the the Economic aspects of the extractives industry. A number of the organizations referred to, work in fields that are not necessarily predominantly economic but whose work still concerns the economic aspects of extractive industries. 


  1. Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI )

a.EITI Principles:

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is a global standard to promote the open and accountable management of oil gas and mineral resources.The Standard seeks to address the key governance issues of the oil, gas and mining sectors. (text courtesy of EITI Website)

b. EITI Countries:

Contains data on tax & legal framework, production and revenues of EITI compliant countries.

2. Publish What You Pay

Publish What You Pay works towards increasing transparency in the extractive sector will enable citizens to hold governments and companies to account for the ways in which natural resources are managed.

3. Resource Contracts (Natural Resource Governance Institute / Columbia University/ The World Bank/ UK AID/ African Legal Support Facility ):

ResourceContracts.org is a repository of publicly available investment contracts for oil, gas and mining projects. It features plain language summaries of key provisions and provides tools for searching and comparing contracts.

4. Resource Projects

This is a repository of extractives projects which include payments to governments based on EU mandatory disclosure legislation. ResourceProjects.org links project data to associated information such as project location and status, associated contracts, companies and licenses from a variety of government and industry sources.(text courtesy of Global Investigative Journalism Network)

5. Beyond the Rhetoric – Measuring Revenue Transparency: Company Performance in the Oil and Gas Industries (Save the Children UK):

This 2005 publication is an overview of transparency in the oil and gas sector, including a scoring system for revenue transparency and anti-corruption efforts for all major global oil/gas companies (and several smaller and/or state-owned ones) for a total of 52 country-specific operations.

6. Promoting Revenue Transparency: 2011 Report on Oil and Gas Companies (Revenue Watch / Transparency International):

This is a report on transparency and anti-corruption efforts of 44 oil and natural gas companies from 30 countries.

Academic/ Literary repositories

7. Extractive Industry Source Book (EI Sourcebook)

The source book identifies key levers for making a success of these industries – from the standpoint of the public good.

8. The Extractive Industries and Society, An International Journal

The Extractive Industries and Society is a journal devoted to disseminating in-depth analysis of the socio-economic and environmental impacts of mining and oil and gas production on societies, both past and present. It provides a platform for the exchange of ideas on a wide range of issues.

9. Natural Resources Report Background Papers,

This website contains links to research papers done under the auspices of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. The subject matter ranges from Human Development and Natural Resources to local content and sustainability.

10. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

IIED is a policy and action research organisation. They promote sustainable development to improve livelihoods and protect the environments on which these livelihoods are built. Resources contained here also include on how Oil, Gas and Mining can be done in a sustainable manner.

11. openAFRICA

openAFRICA aims to be the largest independent repository of open data on the African continent. It is a grassroots initiative, maintained by Code for Africa as a public service. The platform is available as a free resource for ordinary citizens, civil society organisations, civic activists, the media, and government agencies.

Following the Money

12. Open Spending Community


OpenSpending exists to map the money worldwide – that is, to track and analyse public financial information globally. It is meant to be a resource for individuals and groups who wish to discuss and investigate public financial information, including journalists, academics, campaigners, and more.

13. Payments to Governments (Shell Global):


Contains data on income taxes, sales taxes, and royalties paid to host governments by Shell Global.

14. Resource Governance Index(Revenue Watch):


The Resource Governance Index (RGI) measures the quality of governance in the oil, gas and mining sectors of 58 countries.  This is a link to a similar comparative tool for EITI nations


15. Contribution of Natural Resources to Gross Domestic Product (World Bank):


This a table listing the percentage of GDP comprised of rents for oil, natural gas, coal, mineral, and forests


16. International Council of Mining and Metals


This page contains information detailing the work of the ICMM with regards to improving the economy of societies within which their members operate.

17. United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Solutions Network


In 2012, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to mobilize global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical problem solving for sustainable development, including the design and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The work of the UN SDSN covers the entirety of the Sustainable Development Goals and each goal can be applied to a certain aspect of the extractives industry. Further the UN SDSN hosts meeting specific to the extractives industry for instance The Public Consultation on Oil and Gas Companies, SGDs, & Paris Agreement to be held on 17th March 2017.


Further the UN SDSN formed the Sustainable Development Academy (SDA) where various online courses taught by world renown experts are offered.

One of the courses offered is the Natural Resources for Sustainable Development: The Fundamentals of Oil, Gas, and Mining Governance, a joint course by the Natural Resource Governance Institute, the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, and the World Bank/ Within this course, students gain an understanding of the key challenges and opportunities that come with managing extractive industry investments for sustainable development.


18. Open Oil


Open Oil was founded in late 2011 by Johnny West and has evolved into a consultancy, publishing house and training provider, specialised on open data products and services around natural resources.
(text courtesy of Open Oil)

a. Open Oil- Financial Modelling


Since 2013, Open Oil has been developing a standardized open-­source approach to financial modelling for mining and oil & gas projects. Open Oil have set out a paradigm for how modelling should be adapted for public financial management, and developed both classroom-­based and online training courses and related support material.

b. Understanding Oil Contracts


This is a book on Oil contracts written by a group of experts in concert with Open Oil.

c. Open Oil Contract Repository


This site contains information on various Oil and Gas contracts from across the globe.

d. Oil Almanacs


Contains information on Oil and Gas regulatory frameworks in various countries in Africa, The Middle East and Latin America.

e. Exploring Oil Data: A Reporter's Handbook


Contains information on Oil and Gas data on issues ranging from taxation to conflict.

19. The Global Investigative Journalism Network, Covering the Extractives Industry


This website contains resources (presentations and tools) that enable journalists to effectively cover various issues in the Extractives Sector. Specifically, with regards to revenue management and transparency.



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