What is the purpose of this toolkit?

The purpose of this toolkit is to:

  1. Provide a broad diagnostic framework to identify a country’s potential energy sector challenges, particularly as related to a country’s dependency on oil. This framework assesses country vulnerability by focusing on specific energy sector conditions as reflected by the various indicators included here, which were chosen because they provide insights into the overall dynamics of the energy sector.
  2. Illustrate the linkages between challenges (identified by the indicators) and potential interventions that should be considered when developing USAID mission’s programs to cope with the challenges related to oil dependency. (It is important to clarify that this tool does not automatically provides appropriate answers for all countries in the world. Individual assessments should be carried out to adjust and customize level of detail required for specific countries).
  3. Provide a comprehensive bibliography organized in a manner that allows the user to explore direct links to papers, studies or reports illustrating the various interventions.

How do I use this toolkit?

The approach illustrated in this toolkit is structured around 4 steps:

  1. The Diagnostic Tool page provides an outline of the three dimensions needed to assess and measure the vulnerability of a country to a high oil price scenarios and provides key indicators that should be considered. The user should input country-specific data in the yellow-highlighted cells; the tool will automatically take these input values to calculate the values for the key energy indicators. In order to provide a reference of the relative level of a specific indicator, we included the OECD average. As a result, the user can perform an initial self assessment of the relative vulnerability of its country with respect to OECD countries. Those that exceed the OECD threshold will be marked with red flag. (It is important to note that some OECD reference thresholds may not be applicable for all countries around they world, and as such they require a customized assessment by country and region.)
  2. Once the key indicators in step 1 are calculated, locate the red flag indicator(s). Explore the adjacent interventions links, or refer to the Linkage Menu of Interventions page and find the related interventions directly across from each of the key indicators. The interventions are grouped into two types, those affecting the supply and those affecting the demand. The listed interventions are linked to pages with more detail on the interventions (see below).
  3. The Menu of Interventions pages provide more detailed information on the interventions as well as direct links to an extensive bibliography (see below).
  4. The Bibliography and References pages provide an extensive reference library that supports the design of selected interventions and encourages USAID staff to further their knowledge and understanding to specific interventions. This reference library is structured around three main areas: supply side, demand side and energy policy.