A selection of ongoing and recently concluded projects:

Project Title: PSA Financial Modeling and Workshop on the Negotiation of Fiscal Terms of PSAs
Client: Government of The Gambia, African Development Bank
Status: Ongoing

OpenOil was contracted to provide an analysis of the fiscal regime in a country that is about to open up a bid round. The assignment includes an analysis of the Petroleum Regime – the legal framework that any contract with a production company would have to be part of – an analysis of the model PSA of the country. Based on the analysis, OpenOil experts developed and delivered a bespoke training programme that introduces the government team to the negotiation of fiscal terms of petroleum sharing agreements.


Project Title: Public Interest Financial Modeling Project
Client: Omidyar Network
Status: Ongoing

A central goal of OpenOil’s Public Interest Financial Modeling Programme is equipping Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) with the tools to run financial analysis of extractive projects. This allows CSOs to pose credible questions that are backed up by hard numbers to governments on revenue coming in from oil & gas and mining projects. The program aims to grow a community of public interest financial modellers who create open models of extractive projects in the public domain, using a shared methodology, and who share their workings, and are equipped to integrate the large amount of publicly available information into their work.

The project grant from Omidyar Network enables OpenOil to fulfil on this mandate by growing the community of public interest financial modellers, and to attract and train highly-motivated members of CSOs and the general public how to do financial analysis of extractive projects. 


Project Title: The Extractives Resource Hub
Client: UK Department for International Development (DfiD)
Status: Ongoing

The Extractives Resource Hub is an interactive one-stop shop for decision-makers in emerging resource-rich countries, providing easy and coordinated access to high-quality, on-demand evidence, expertise and personalised support for good management of the extractives sector. The project is being implemented by a team comprised of Adam Smith International (ASI), the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) at the University of Dundee, Skotkonung, and OpenOil.


Project Title: Support to the government of Indonesia and the EITI MSG on a commodity trading pilot
Client: EITI Indonesia, Government of Indonesia
Status: Concluded

The consultancy includes (i) conducting consultations with EITI stakeholders; (ii) facilitating trainings and workshops to develop the commodity trading reporting template; (iii) producing an inception report, outlining the scope as agreed by the multi-stakeholder group and the methodology of reporting on commodity trading; and (iv) producing Indonesia EITI’s commodity trading report.


Project Title: Data Extractors Programme
Client: Publish What You Pay
Status: Concluded

The Data Extractors Programme is a global data literacy initiative by the Publish What You Pay network (PWYP). Alongside PWYP, OpenOil organises, facilitates and leads training sessions aimed at raising the understanding of extractives data and its limits, as well as the use of proper software tools to facilitate everyday data usage. Within the lifetime of the programme, OpenOil supports the participants in concluding their projects and case studies.


Project Title: Feasibility study on the implementation of a public register of beneficial ownership in the EITI process of Cote d’Ivoire
Client: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, C-EITI, Government of Cote d’Ivoire
Status: Concluded
Term: 09.2017 – 12.2017

OpenOil was contracted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to work with the Government of Cote d’Ivoire and the ivorian EITI MSG to (i) conduct a series of in-country interviews, (ii) produce a feasibility study on a public beneficial ownership register, and (iii) facilitate a workshop to present the findings of the study.


Project Title: Development of Roadmap for the Introduction of Due Diligence in Mining License Management in Sierra Leone
Clients: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, National Mining Agency of Sierra Leone
Status: Concluded
Term: 10.2016 – 02.2017

The leaks from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca underscore the need for governments to know who they are doing business with, particularly when it comes to mining, given its potential significance for revenue generation. For Sierra Leone, where minerals contribute a significant portion of the GDP, the ability to systematically check the reputation and track record of licence applicants is an important step in ensuring that the government engages reputable companies to transform its mineral wealth.

OpenOil was contracted by the GIZ to work with the National Mining Agency of Sierra Leone in preparing a roadmap for strengthening the integrity of due diligence in mining license management. We also prepared a training manual for implementing the roadmap.

Read more about the project in this blog article.


Project title: Curriculum Development for the Training Course “Introduction to Good Financial Governance (GFG) in the Extractives Sector”
Client: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Status: Concluded
Term: 12.2016 – 06.2017

OpenOil, in partnership with adelphi consult GmbH and LBN Strategies, was contracted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to develop a training course titled “Introduction to Good Financial Governance (GFG) in the Extractive Sector.

The overall aim of the project is to provide support to governments of countries with extractive resources by designing a training programme that would provide a deep understanding of the technical and non-technical peculiarities of the Extractive Industries Value Chain, while at the same time targeting government experts across different agencies.

OpenOil was responsible for drafting the units on Corporate Perspective (understanding the point of view of the extractive company), and Contract Negotiations and Legal Framework – as well as delivering a pilot training based on the manual to government officials in Sierra Leone.

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