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A website I have been developing with ActionAid Uganda, www.oilinuganda.org, is now online. Three writers will be reporting regularly on the economic, social, governance and environmental dimensions of Uganda’s nascent oil industry.

Background content already posted to the site includes:

  • FACTS & FAQs on oil and gas in Uganda
  • GLOSSARY of oil industry and economic terms
  • RESOURCES CENTRE: an annotated bibliography of more than 30 relevant books, papers, NGO and think tank reports (in most cases with links to sites where the documents can be downloaded)
  • An OIL PLAYERS section, subdivided into government, civil society, oil industry and donors/development partners sections, in which we aim over time to profile relevant agencies. 
  • An OIL TIMELINE marking key milestones in Uganda’s progress towards becoming an oil producer, from 1870 to the present day

Visitors who sign up for email news alerts will receive monthly notifications of important new content on the site.

Feedback from visitors, including suggestions for materials to include in our Resources Centre section, stories that we should investigate, or pitches for freelance contributions should be sent to editor[at sign]oilinuganda.org . We also welcome letters for publication.

In addition, we will be publishing quarterly print newsletters aimed at Ugandan ‘decision takers and opinion makers’ in government, media and civil society. The first of these, now in preparation, will synthesise various analyses of petroleum bills tabled before Uganda’s parliament in February and now being reviewed by the parliamentary Natural Resources Committee.

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Comment by daniel gilbert on April 30, 2012 at 11:30

Hi, Nick

Have been advertising Oil in Uganda website on my website, see http://www.eisourcebook.org/863_Africa.html

Comment that has come in via Twitter on this (from @JobKahigwa) as follows:

 "Btw, on the Uganda Oil Timeline, you could also consider the Public Finance Bill, being tabled to parliament for discussion. The bill is about combining the Public Revenue Management Act with the Petroleum Revenue Management Act to form one Act. it has sparked discussions on whether the move puts the regulatory autonomy issues into perspective ie the wld be. Petroleum institutional & organisational framework."






Comment by Nick Young on March 31, 2012 at 10:17

Many thanks for these supportive comments.

Daniel -- yes, of cource, please go ahead and post the announcement on the sourcebook site.

Comment by daniel gilbert on March 30, 2012 at 18:13

Hi, Nick

Excellent.  Please can I have permission to upload, with full attribution and weblinks, your website announcement above to the EI Source Book website,   http://www.eisourcebook.org/

I would probably put it at http://www.eisourcebook.org/863_Africa.html since (a) this is a relevant part of the website and (b) there is currently very little content on that particular webpage, so your Uganda announcement would appear nicely above the fold on people's website browsers.

Please advise.




Comment by Kimbowa Richard on March 30, 2012 at 9:58

Dear Nick,

Great innovation to help Ugandans follow developments in the oil discussions. Will follow it regularly and share with my network members

Comment by Bwesigye Don Binyina on March 23, 2012 at 11:40

Great work Nick. We hope to get a professional and objective appraisal of the Oil and Gas in Uganda from "Oilinuganda.org". I have worked with some of the guys on your editorial team, some of the best we have in the country so far. I look forward to sharing my experience too when needed. I am currently in the middle of my Msc. Mineral and Energy Economics at Curtin University- Perth, Western Australia. Wish you and the team all the best.

Comment by Mark Thomas Jones on March 23, 2012 at 8:48
Dear Nick,

I wish to congratulate you on this splendid initiative and I very much hope that it will become the template for similar sites throughout the region.

Kind regards,

Mark T Jones.


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