November 30, 2016 – Local PEP researchers, in collaboration with the Economics and Management Sciences Faculty (FASEG) of the Université de N’Djamena, held a national policy conference to discuss the findings and recommendations of their study on the impact of oil exploitation on poverty and inequality in Chad.
More than 85 stakeholders attended the event, including representatives of the national government, national organizations, civil society, academia, and the media. Notably, these stakeholders included representatives of the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development and the CCSRP (Collège de Contrôle et de Surveillance des Revenus Pétroliers), the body responsible for the distribution of oil revenue funding to priority sectors.
The team organized the conference to share and popularize the results and recommendations from their study, selected under the PAGE initiative in 2015, and in particular to demonstrate the importance of such research as the oil industry expands in Chad.
In this study, the team used data from the 2003 and 2011 national surveys on household consumption and the informal sector to evaluate the degree of prop-poor growth and analyze the impact of the oil revenue redistribution policy on wellbeing. The team’s analysis indicates that multidimensional inequality increased slightly between 2003 and 2011. However, the results also suggest that oil revenue investment led to improvements in public services (such as education and housing) for the poorest population groups living in rural areas. Find out more about the research methods, findings, and policy recommendations in PEP Policy Brief 144 (in French).
Following the conference, the team was contacted by Mr. Abdoulaye Ngardignan, the Head of Communications of the Office of the President of the Republic of Chad, who thanked the researchers for their important work.
The President of N’Djamena University is collaborating with the research team to ensure that their findings continue to be communicated to the relevant stakeholders. Further research collaborations were also promised. Additionally, the team’s research was referenced during a workshop on private sector involvement in Chad’s oil industry at the start of December, 2016.
Journalists from two national television channels, two radio stations and an economics newspaper attended the conference. The television channels broadcast the key points of the conference, in both French and Arabic, the day of the conference and the following day. Furthermore, Télé-Tchad – the national public broadcaster – is preparing a report about the research project that includes footage from the conference.