26 Oct

BCS Project Update: An Impact Assessment of Stakeholder Engagement Interventions In Ugandan Oil Extractives

This study examines whether multi-stakeholder engagement improves transparency and accountability within the oil and gas sector of the Albertine Graben region in western Uganda. The study aims to provide rigorous experimental evidence to large academic and policy literatures on corporate social responsibility in the extractives sector. Many different international organizations insist that companies in the extractive sector engage with local stakeholders and issue “best practices” for how to do so. However, there is little public knowledge about the impact of stakeholder engagement for the communities that take part in such engagement. Furthermore, we do not know of any rigorous experimental investigation—public or private—about the effects of such programs. The study design is a randomized intervention of multi-stakeholder forums (with participants from communities, government and oil companies) across 109 villages in the region. The intervention is directly relevant to the national, regional and international policies on transparency and accountability in the extractive industries.

Download the following two presentations to obtain more information on the background, methodology and early reflections from the assessment conducted.

The study is a project of Business-Community Synergies (BCS) in collaboration with Maendeleo ya Jamii (MYJ) in Uganda and Florida State University (FSU). It is supported by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation and funded by UK Department for International Development (DFID) and The Hewlett Foundation.

For more information please contact

Rani Parker, Ph.D.