Since the programme start in 2015, Oxford Policy Fellows have undertaken capacity development and contributed to a wide range of policies, laws, and government systems in our 11 partner countries. The Fellows have achieved results in multiple sectors, from environment and climate change to trade and Public Private Partnerships.
Click on the sectors below to learn what OPF has acheived.
- Environment and climate change
- Public Private Partnerships
- Trade and investment
- Water and energy
Environment and climate change
OPF Fellows have contributed significantly to work on environment and climate change. Here are some examples of our achievements:
- Contributed to the drafting of Ethiopia’s first primary legislation on protecting wetlands.
- Reviewed Ethiopia’s draft legislation of the Industrial Chemical Registration and Administration Proclamation, which was adopted by parliament in 2018.
- Developed several tools for the implementation of the Ethiopian National Environmental Law Development and Enforcement programme, including: a high-level legislative sectoral and mandate review; pro forma agreements; and a university resource centre.
- Developed checklists and guidelines for Namibia’s senior Ministry officials in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in order to create a process for decision-making, thereby enabling greater transparency. These reduced the Government’s risk of litigation threats and was used as a baseline to revise the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations.
Public Private Partnerships
OPF is working in several countries where we are supporting Public Private Partnerships, the results of this work include:
- Provided legal oversight of the implementation of a legal and institutional framework for PPPs in Djibouti. The law has seen the establishment of a dedicated PPP unit within the Ministry of Finance.
- Drafted, reviewed, conducted capacity development on, and finalised Uganda’s PPP Regulations and Guidelines. These are in operational use supporting Ministries, departments and agencies as they develop projects. The PPP Regulations and Guidelines also provide private investors and development partners with detailed information about the process.
- Reviewed and drafted documentation for the Ugandan Kampala-Jinja toll Expressway PPP project, which upon completion will create a key trade link by ensuring access to the Indian Ocean.
- Coordinated a conception note and pre-feasibility study together with the Zanzibar authorities and the World Bank to construct a facility to store petroleum products – the country’s first PPP project.
Trade and investment
Our Fellows in Rwanda and Uganda have worked on trade and investment issues. Here are a few examples of our contributions:
- Contributed to the development of Rwanda’s revised intellectual property policy, and supported work to retain the exceptions of TRIPS Article 33 excluding pharmaceutical products from intellectual property protection.
- Created an informal negotiation guide for the model bilateral investment treaty (BIT) in order to further support government negotiators, in Rwanda. This action resulted in a formalised policy for BIT negotiations and created a uniform bargaining position across government departments.
- Co-drafted Uganda’s preliminary negotiation agenda on E-commerce, which guided Uganda’s participation in negotiations with WTO, AfCFTA and the Tripartite Free Trade Area.
- Reviewed the Ugandan External Trade Act and provided recommendations for expanding its scope. Some of these findings were included in a draft bill intended to amend the Act, now due to be submitted to parliament (as of January 2021).
In Sierra Leone, Fellows have had a tremendous impact on strengthening the effectiveness of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation:
- Contributed to the post-Ebola Presidential Recovery (Health) Priorities by reviewing and drafting sections of the National Medical Supplies Agency Act. This Act established a new agency to manage the procurement and distribution of medical supplies in Sierra Leone.
- Consulted on, drafted and negotiated (in an integrated, consistent and sensitive way) for the domestication and implementation of the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
- Assisted the drafting and revising of a chapter in Sierra Leone’s National Health Sector Strategic Plan 2017-2021, which serves to guide the work of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.
OPF has partnered with several Ministries of Finance, here are some of the exceptional impacts we have contributed to:
Fellows have provided vital support to education development. Here are a few examples of our contributions:
- Supported the legislative reform of over 20 Bills to strengthen the legal and regulatory framework within the Ghanaian Ministry of Education, thereby improving the governance and efficiency of education service delivery. This involved drafting legislation and ensuring legislative instruments were integrated through an Act of Parliament.
- Actively worked as part of a committee designing the Ghana Accountability for Learning Outcomes Project, a USD 219 million World Bank-led project improving quality education in 10,000 basic schools.
- Contributed to the reform of the Ghanaian Education legislative agenda, including 23 different cabinet memoranda and Bills such as the Pre-Tertiary Education Bill and the Education Regulatory Bodies Bill. These have decentralised pre-tertiary education and updated the legal framework for regulatory bodies.
It was extremely helpful to have Kanan as a part of the Ministry of Education’s rapid COVID-19 response after school closures in March 2020. Her decision to remain in the country during the pandemic helped accelerate the review of contracts and negotiation to support the upgrade of IT infrastructure in the Ministry and, more importantly, in public schools across Ghana. Kanan played a key role in procuring 280,000 laptops along with IT training for pre-tertiary teachers to support remote/distance learning and mitigate the impact of school closures.Wilhelmina Asamoah, Director General Administration, Ministry of Education, Ghana
Water and energy
Since 2015, OPF Fellows have contributed to improving water and energy across the African continent. Here are some of our achievements:
- Provided capacity building on donor coordination and relationship management to mid-level officials at the utilities regulatory authority (ZURA), helping them secure a significant expansion of the Swedish International Development Corporation's Zanzibar Energy Sector Strengthening (ZESS) project to include a multi-year investment in building institutional capacity at ZURA.
- In the interim of the creation of the PPP directorate in Djibouti, the Fellows managed two energy infrastructure proposals: a 58.9-megawatt (MW) wind farm and a 30 MW solar power plant. When finalised, these projects will contribute to reducing the import of electricity and national dependence on fossil fuels.
- Established a repository of all Memoranda of Understanding and agreements entered between the Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy and other Governments or entities. The repository improved record-keeping and the efficiency of the Ministry.