We worked with the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) in Namibia to improve their data analysis and investigative skills and develop a platform to turn petroleum exploration data into usable information: Transparent Oil Namibia (namibia.transparentoil.org).
The organisation is now ready to take their findings to the next level, designing reform proposals that flag corruption risks in the extractives sector.
Mapping the companies behind petroleum exploration in Namibia
Namibia has been a relative latecomer to the oil boom in Africa. Although the country is often associated with strong resource sector-governance, a politically connected financial elite is siphoning off revenues and contributing to extreme poverty.
IPPR wanted to map trends in how petroleum exploration licenses were allocated to open up the system. We supported them to identify, structure and digitise data about trends in the sector, as well as systematising the way they manage the collected information. We also connected them with experts who helped to build a platform that collated and displayed licensing data and corporate information, in a format that IPPR can use in their advocacy.