Oil Wealth and Development in Uganda and Beyond

Prospects, Opportunities, and Challenges

Edited by Arnim Langer, Ukoha Ukiwo, and Pamela Mbabazi

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Multidisciplinary perspectives to governance of oil in African countries

Large quantities of oil were discovered in the Albertine Rift Valley in Western Uganda in 2006. The sound management of these oil resources and revenues is undoubtedly one of the key public policy challenges for Uganda as it is for other African countries with large oil and/or gas endowments. With oil expected to start flowing in 2021, the current book analyses how this East African country is preparing for the challenge of effectively, efficiently, and transparently managing its oil sector and resources. Adopting a multidisciplinary, comprehensive, and comparative approach, the book identifies a broad scope of issues that need to be addressed in order for Uganda to realise the full potential of its oil wealth for national economic transformation. Predominantly grounded in local scholarship and including chapters drawing on the experiences of Nigeria, Ghana, and Kenya, the book blazes a trail on governance of African oil in an era of emerging producers. Oil Wealth and Development in Uganda and Beyond will be of great interest to social scientists and economic and social policy makers in oil-producing countries. It is suitable for course adoption across such disciplines as International/Global Affairs, Political Economy, Geography, Environmental Studies, Economics, Energy Studies, Development, Politics, Peace, Security and African Studies.

Contributors: Badru Bukenya (Makerere University), Moses Isabirye (Busitema University), Wilson Bahati Kazi (Uganda Revenue Authority), Corti Paul Lakuma (Economic Policy Research Centre), Joseph Mawejje (Economic Policy Research Centre), Pamela Mbabazi (Uganda National Planning Authority), Martin Muhangi (independent researcher), Roberts Muriisa (Mbarara University of Science and Technology), Chris Byaruhanga Musiime (independent researcher), Germano Mwabu (University of Nairobi), Jackson A. Mwakali (Makerere University), Tom Owang (Mbarara University of Science and Technology), Joseph Oloka-Onyango (Makerere University), Peter Quartey (University of Ghana), Peter Wandera (Transparency International Uganda), Kathleen Brophy (Transparency International Uganda), Jaqueline Nakaiza (independent researcher), Babra Beyeza (independent researcher), Jackson Byaruhanga (Bank of Uganda), Emmanuel Abbey (University of Ghana).

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1. Oil Wealth and Development in Uganda and Beyond: Prospects, Opportunities and Challenges 
Arnim Langer, Ukoha Ukiwo and Pamela Mbabazi

Part I — Institutional and Regulatory Framework, Policies and Challenges

2. Uganda’s Oil Governance Institutions: Fit for Purpose? 
Pamela Mbabazi and Martin Muhangi

3. Courting the Oil Curse or Playing by the Rules? An Analysis of the Legal and Regulatory Framework Governing Oil in Uganda
J. Oloka-Onyango

4. Keeping Corruption in Check in Uganda’s Oil Sector? Uganda’s Challenge to Let Everybody Eat, and Not Just the Lucky Few 
Kathleen Brophy and Peter Wandera

5. Closed but Ordered : How the Political Settlement Shapes Uganda’s Deals with International Oil Companies
Badru Bukenya and Jaqueline Nakaiza

Part II — Macroeconomic and Fiscal Framework, Policies and Challenges

6. Oil Wealth in Uganda: Analysis of the Macroeconomic Policy Framework
Corti Paul Lakuma

7. Oil Revenues and Social Development in Uganda
Joseph Mawejje

8. Getting a Good Deal? An Analysis of Uganda’s Oil Fiscal Regime 
Wilson Bahati Kazi

9. Human Resources and Oil in Uganda : An Analysis of Uganda’s Human Resource Development for the Oil Sector 
Jackson A. Mwakali and Jackson N.M. Byaruhanga

Part III — Other Major Governance Polices and Challenges

10. Environmental Sustainability : An Afterthought or a Key Objective for Uganda’s Oil Sector? 
Moses Isabirye

11. Land Grabbing in the Albertine Graben : Implications for Women’s Land Rights and the Oil Industry in Uganda 
Roberts K. Muriisa and Specioza Twinamasiko

12. Expecting Eldorado? An Analysis of Ugandans’ Expectations of Their Country’s Oil Wealth
Byaruhanga Musiime Chris

13. The Management of Social Tensions and Community Grievances in the Albertine Region of Uganda 
Tom Ogwang

Part IV — International Comparison

14. Nigeria’s Oil Governance Regime: Challenges and Policies
Ukoha Ukiwo

15. Ghana’s Oil Governance Regime: Challenges and Policies
Peter Quartey and Emmanuel Abbey

16. Kenya’s Oil Governance Regime: Challenges and Policies
Germano Mwabu

Part V — A Way Forward

17. Oil Wealth and Development in Uganda and Beyond: Conclusions and Policy Recommendations 
Ukoha Ukiwo, Pamela Mbabazi, and Arnim Langer

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Format: Edited volume - free ebook - PDF

394 pages

ISBN: 9789461663092

Publication: January 07, 2020

Languages: English

Download: https://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/23489

Arnim Langer is director of the Centre for Research on Peace and Development (CRPD), chair holder of the UNESCO Chair in Building Sustainable Peace, and Professor of International Politics at KU Leuven.
Pamela Mbabazi is currently the Chair of the National Planning Authority of the Government of Uganda.
Ukoha Ukiwo is a senior lecturer at the Department of Political and Administrative Studies, University of Port Harcourt.
Seventeen papers analyze how Uganda is planning to deal with the challenge of effectively, efficiently, and transparently managing its oil sector and resources, examining the institutional, legal, fiscal,
environmental, social, macroeconomic, political, and financial dimensions of the Ugandan oil governance regime. Papers discuss the “resource curse” of economic, social, and political challenges experienced by countries rich in oil, gas, and other minerals; the role and functioning of the main formal institutions established to manage, oversee, and regulate Uganda’s oil exploration, development, and revenue management; Uganda’s legal-regulatory oil regime and its leeway for abuse and misappropriation; the opportunities for revenue mismanagement in Uganda’s standard oil revenue chain; the dynamics of deal making between the Government of Uganda and international oil companies, as well as the strategies employed by the government to remain in charge of the oil sector; Uganda’s macroeconomic management regime and the fiscal rules the Government of Uganda has put in place to achieve a balance between spending and saving; the opportunities that the oil revenues offer with regard to social development; the certainty and stability of Uganda’s oil fiscal regime; human resource challenges and opportunities facing Uganda’s emerging oil sector; the main environmental issues linked to oil development and the adequacy of the existing environmental regulatory systems in regulating potential problems associated with the upstream oil and gas activities in Uganda; the processes of land grabbing as a result of oil exploration and exploitation in Uganda; the expectations of Ugandans concerning their country’s oil and gas resources and the extent to which the government and the oil companies have managed these expectations appropriately; the emergent social tensions and conflicts linked to the advent of oil exploration and exploitation in Uganda; challenges and policies linked to Nigeria’s oil governance regime; challenges and policies linked to Ghana’s oil governance regime; challenges and policies linked to Kenya’s oil governance regime; and the effectiveness and soundness of Uganda’s oil governance regime.
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