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Communities in the Albertine Graben of Uganda have very little information on government and oil company plans for the construction phase of Uganda's oil and gas industry cycle.
Communities living near the petroleum exploration and early production phases in the Albertine Graben of Uganda that will involve construction of central processing facilities, a refinery and pipelines through the region have a number of concerns. These include restricted access to information, limited opportunities to communicate and interact with key public and private sector decision-makers, displacement and inadequate or delayed compensation, environmental pollution, elite capture of communal resources, potential new economic opportunities, and the decline in cultural and moral standards associated with itinerant labor, amongst others.
There is some anecdotal evidence that multi-stakeholder forums have enabled community members to organise actions on their own behalf. This study will evaluate the effectiveness of multi-stakeholder interaction in addressing the community concerns described above and increase the demand for more transparency.
The key evaluation question is whether multi-stakeholder engagement improves transparency and accountability in Uganda's oil and gas sector.
This study will evaluate impact of stakeholder engagement activities by randomly assigning the stakeholder meeting to 57 villages and another 56 villages will be the control. The control villages will receive only the information about the activities in the gas sector whereas the treatment villages will receive both information and stakeholder engagement meetings.
The primary outcome variable to assess impact of the stakeholder engagement meetings will be the households' support for the remediation projects administered by the three oil companies. The study will use experimental matched contribution games to measure the outcome.