Transparency and Accountability in Natural Resources Evidence Programme
The natural resource extractives sector is under-researched, and programmes in it are under-evaluated. 3ie supports seven impact evaluations that will help fill critical knowledge gaps on what works to improve governance in the extractives sector in low- and middle-income countries. Each of them is testing interventions that improve outcomes by providing relevant information to citizens through deliberative forums and online platforms.
We organised a peer-learning workshop at the 8th Africa Evaluation Association Conference in Kampala. Grantees presented early baseline results and an overview of the interventions, the relevance of their research, evaluation design and the challenges they have been encountering. There were rich discussions on the relevance of producing more evidence on transparency and accountability in the extractive resources sector, especially against the local backdrop of Uganda’s burgeoning oil sector.
3ie-supported studies are evaluating different pathways for increasing transparency and accountability in administering and distributing the benefits of natural resources. The commodities include oil, gas and minerals. Decision makers expect the results to inform how they design effective transparency and accountability initiatives and scale up successful ones. Findings and key lessons learned from conducting impact evaluations in this under-researched area will be synthesised into a learning paper at the end of the programme in 2018. UK Aid through DFID and the Hewlett Foundation are funding this programme.