In 2017, after a decade of working with journalists, NRGI crafted a new strategy for media programming, leveraging lessons from its development programs and considering broader learning and trends in the field.
Across the world, journalists have been key to uncovering malfeasance in the natural resources sector. Media have exposed illicit activities by international oil companies like Royal Dutch Shell in Nigeria. They have shed light on Cameroon petroleum contracts that bring few benefits to locals and to national accounts.
NRGI set out to collect total oil, gas and mining revenue data for the countries included in the Resource Governance Index to find out how many dollars flow to governments that mismanage the handling of their natural resources.
Even before production—expected to commence around 2020 at the earliest—a report last Friday in New Vision Newspaper indicates Uganda has received about USD 693 million in oil revenues. Other sources put the figure as high as USD 750 million.
For years, Tanzania learned lessons in effective petroleum resource revenue management from Ghana and Uganda. During the latest regional media training course from NRGI, Tanzania’s recent stewardship of the sector presented lessons for Ugandan and Ghanaian journalists to take home.
With over a decade of journalism experience, Xinhua News Agency senior correspondent Justice Adoboe is far more experienced than the typical NRGI media trainee. In covering the complex extractives space, however, Adoboe said he has room to grow.