As the world shifts to a clean energy economy, middle-income developing countries are in a particularly tricky position. They produce nearly half of the world’s oil and gas but have fewer resources with which to support workers and communities through the transition. There are economic and environmental benefits for these countries in shifting away from fossil fuels, but they will also face challenges in achieving a just transition. For example, oil and gas revenue often goes toward public services like education, health care and critical infrastructure.

Join this discussion with distinguished experts, practitioners and government officials from Africa and Latin America to learn about the policies that can enable a just transition away from oil and gas and how countries can work together to support and successfully manage the transition. The event will include a Q&A session.


  • Carlos Alvarado Quesada, former President of Costa Rica; Professor of Practice, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • Carlos Lopes, Former Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Africa; Professor, Nelson Mandela School, University of Cape Town; Member, WRI Global Board of Directors

  • Hauwa Mustapha, Nigeria Labour Congress

  • Sian Bradley, Head of Secretariat, Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance

  • Devashree Saha, Senior Associate, WRI ​

  • David Waskow, Director, International Climate Initiative, WRI

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