Establishment of a Regional Knowledge Hub on Extractive Industries in Central Asia/Caucasus

The Khazar University in Azerbaijan is using RWI support to operate the Extractive Industries Knowledge Hub to build capacity in Eurasia to influence oil, gas and mining governance in the region.

The Eurasia hub is one of six regional hubs RWI is creating in partnership with academic institutions to offer training and support for civil society organizations, members of parliament and journalists in Anglophone Africa, Francophone Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Latin America and Middle East/North Africa.

Even though some oversight bodies in the Eurasia region have basic knowledge of the extractive industries sector, most of the capacity building and training initiatives undertaken so far in this arena have been too haphazard to create significant momentum toward influencing government policy.

Through RWI support Khazar University developed a strategic plan to guide its multi-year collaboration on the Eurasia knowledge hub. Khazar University surveyed experts on current trends and challenges, organized a workshop to draft a provisional three-year strategic framework and one-year activity plan, convened the hub’s governance board to review those plans, and selected and trained people chosen to be training assistants.

Revenue Watch believes this training will increase the number and expertise of citizen groups focused on prudent management of natural resources, and help lead to policies for sustainable economic development.

Founded in 1991, Azerbaijan-based Khazar University (KU) is one of the leading universities in the region. The university offers strong, innovative academic and research programs and has a number of formal partnerships with recognized U.S. institutions of higher learning.

Related Grants

Title Year Amount
Strategy Development for the Regional Knowledge Hub for the Oil, Gas and Mining Industries in Eurasia 2011 $70,000
Establishment of a Regional Knowledge Hub on Extractive Industries in Central Asia/Caucasus 2010 $101,000