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About the Source Book

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Transparency and Accountability

Policy, Legal and Contractual Framework

Sector Organization and Institutions

Fiscal Design and Administration

Revenue Management and Distribution

Sustainable Development

Welcome to the EI Source Book. The subject of our website is the "Extractive Industries" (EI); namely oil, gas and mining. The website is free to useand is free of any log-in.

Series of EI blogsNEW in January 2019.  The first blog is housed on our sibling, World Bank, website: GOXI, Sharing in Governance of Extractive Industries, and is titled "Historic Artisanal Mining Adventure – Zimbabwean Road Trip".  The next set of blogs planned concern India's energy transition from (majority) coal-generated electricity to an increasingly diverse energy mix which features more and more renewable energy capacity and utilization.  The first two blogs are now published on GOXI, and relate to India & Climate Change Politics (also available: full text 6 page pdf); and Indian Peak Coal (did this happen in 2017?).  

Updated text: the full, updated text of the Sourcebook is now available, as published by the World Bank. NB: the version uploaded as section pdfs to this website is the interim version of the Sourcebook, now superseded.  

The European launch event was held in November 2017 in London, please see: photos; and event information.


About Us: the EI Source Book identifies key levers for making a success of these industries – from the standpoint of the public good. Read about our partnership.

Key Levers: The key levers identified are: sector policy and law, contract and regulation; sector organization and administration; fiscal design; revenue management; transparency and accountability; and finally sustainability in the sense of environmental and social management and the linkages of these activities to broader impacts across the economy. Each of these six levers is in our view crucial to making a success of extractive industry development; and each one has an important governance dimension.

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The Extractive Industries

The project covers both Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM), for example see our extensive and growing library of ASM resources) as well as large scale mining, conventional petroleum as well as unconventional petroleum (e.g. underground coal gasification, fracking and coal bed methane).  

The EI Source Book project provides an extensive collection of commissioned documents relating to a broad selection of subject ranging from African Resource Corridors to A Framework to Approach Shared Use of Mining-Related Infrastructure, in addition to nine core, narrative Chapter texts covering the entirety of the EI Value Chain (EIVC); Chapters 5 - 9 and chevrons at the top of this page.

Challenges and Opportunities

Challenges and Opportunities

Complementing the EIVC is a strong focus on Challenges and Opportunities, in particular through Chapters 1 - 4, both re. Mining and Petroleum, and Chapter 2 in toto.

This website features Mining and Oil & Gas specifics Blogs of two of our researchers: Agostina Martinez (Mining Specifics); and Georgia Panagiotidou (Petroleum specifics): 

Why an Extractive Industry Source Book? (Agostina Martinez);

Argentine Case Study regarding Accountability and Transparency (Agostina Martinez); and

Burmese Case Study regarding Accountability and Transparency (Georgia Panagiotidou).

Challenges and Opportunities 

Lastly with respect to Challenges and Opportunities, the website showcases (ITIC)'s six Principles for Developing Country Hydrocarbon Investment Policies.  According to the International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC), specific proposals and policies, including structure and administration of taxation, other government take, and legal requirements, should be tested in terms of whether they further these general principles.


GOXIThe project team are active participants on the GOXI EI good governance online community, a World BankUNDP jointly-convened initiative with which we are proud to partner, and which is a hub for action-oriented, problem-solving discussions retarding EI challenges and opportunities.  



The EI Source Book has over 150 webpages specific to Africa, including three webpages (1. Geography and Geology; 2. The Extractive Industries; and 3. Maps and Links) for each country on the continent.

The website's Africa pages account for a very large proportion of the website's collated downloads, and a substantial majority of all the external links on the site.  All of the country specific content for Africa is navigated through a simple to use interactive map (or alphabetical listing, on mobile devices).


Additionally, the website has over 1,000 free downloads authored by our partners and by governments and their agencies, plus even more links to free resources held on other websites.  Website downloads are centered both on the resources area of each and every EI Source Book Chapter, see illustrative graphic below, and the website's extensive Africa pages - pages that comprehensively cover each country across the whole of that continent.  Aside from text, we also encourage you to watch video embedded to, and linked from, the site.

Resources imagee.g. Chapter 5, which alone has 400+ downloads; and EI Source Book's own-authored downloads listing.

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