Monday, September 26, 2016

RSVP NOW: Accra Tech Salon - How can tech and new media throw more light on the extractive sector?

Accra, Ghana - September 28th - RSVP Now

The oil and gas sector is a relatively new field in Ghana. There has been progress in terms of transparency. However, issues still remain on accountability with regards to management of revenues accrued from the sector. Top on the minds of many citizens is how best to hold duty bearers to account. Whiles the most lingering questions have centered on prudent revenue management from this important natural resource, elsewhere, technology has improved access to information and knowledge on the sector and provided a platform for civil society and citizens to hold governments to account. 

Ghana is yet to take full advantage of what technology and new media offers to promote good governance of the sector. For this reason, experts on the subject matter are gathering to discuss how tech and new media can highlight activities within the oil and gas industry to ensure the sector delivers high dividends for the citizenry. 

Please RSVP now to join our discussions at the 11th Technology Salon Accra where tech and new media experts as well as other key stakeholders will dissect the key issues related to technology and new media and its relevance in promoting good governance in the Ghana’s extractives sector. The focus of the discussions will be around the following key questions:  

  • What is the status of transparency and accountability in Ghana’s extractive sector?
  • How can technology and new media help in empowering citizens to monitor revenue from the sector?
  • How can technology support information and knowledge sharing about the sector?
  • How can stakeholders convert data from the sector into actionable programmes?
  • What are some of the new digital technologies, which are driving transparency and accountability in the sector?

Please RSVP now to share your thoughts and ideas on the topic with the following key discussants and thought leaders: 

-           David Mumuni, Project Lead for Our Oil Journey
-           Seji Saji, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, ACEP
-           Kwami Ahiabenu, Extractive Leader at Penplusbytes

We will have hot coffee and breakfast treats for a refreshing morning, however, seating is limited. Once we reach our 35-person capacity there will be a waiting list!

Technology and New Media on Ghana’s Extractive Sector
11th Technology Salon Accra.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
8:30am - 10:30 a.m.
New Media Hub at Penplusbytes
No.1 Ostwe Close, Ako Adjei, Osu,
Accra, Ghana (
RSVP is required for attendance

The Technology Salon™ is an intimate, informal, and in person, discussion between information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both:
           technology’s impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and
           private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.
Our meetings are lively conversations, not boring presentations. Attendance is capped at 35 people – and frank participation with ideas, opinions, and predictions is actively encouraged.
It’s also a great opportunity to meet others motivated to employ technology to solve vexing development problems. Join us today!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Call For Expression Of Interest: 2016 Media Course On Oil, Gas And Mining Governance

The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) is calling for expressions of interest from journalists in GhanaTanzania, and Uganda interested in attending this year’s training program on governance of oil, gas, and mining. The training consists of a series of two core courses each lasting two weeks.

 The first course is a regional foundation workshop and will take place in Tanzania on October 17–28, 2016 with participants from Ghana, Tanzania, and Uganda.

The second course is a national follow-up workshop. Three parallel editions of this workshop will take place in each country in November/December on dates to be determined.

The courses offer knowledge and skills modules within a context of holistic and comprehensive support to journalists. This support is through mentoring, site visits, coaching, access to sources, vital information, and data as well as interaction with peers, experts, policy makers, and oversight actors. The courses are interactive, practical, and participant-driven.

The training will be delivered in partnership with Penplusbytes in Ghana, Journalists' Environmental Association of Tanzania, and African Centre for Media Excellence in Uganda.


This call is intended for early- to mid-career journalists working with media organizations in the three countries, including online platforms and freelancers.
The journalists selected to participate will be sponsored and required to commit to and complete all aspects of the training program before, during, and after the courses.


Send an email to by September 23, 2016.
Provide the following information in your email:
 _Your full name 
 _Your phone number 
 _Name of the media organization or platform you report for 
 _Website of the media organization or platform you report for 
 _Name, email, and phone number of your editor or editorial supervisor who will approve your participation in the training

Include in your email three to five samples of your stories on oil, gas and mining. If you have not reported on these issues, provide story samples on other topics you have covered. Samples may be submitted as online links or attached as scanned copies or audio and video files.