The thematic goal of our Domestic Resource Mobilisation (DRM) portfolio is “to contribute to the development and implementation of transparent, accountable and efficient mechanisms for mobilisation and utilisation of domestic resources in Africa”. Mobilising domestic resources as a means to financing development has become an important development issue. In the past the emphasis on financing development focused on scaling aid and external borrowing. Dwindling Official Development Assistance (ODA), unsustainable debt levels and declining foreign direct investment (FDI) have changed the mechanism for financing development globally. Over reliance on the extractive industry particularly, minerals, oil and gas has compromised the potential of most resource rich countries in Africa from mobilising resources from the sector. This has been exacerbated by lack of transparency and accountability mechanisms along the url value chain, exportation of raw materials without any form of beneficiation and failure to diversify to the rest of the economy. Malpractices by multinational corporations affect this sector more than any other sector due to the complexity of the sector, primarily the fact that the sector requires high sunk costs, and the resources are non-renewable.
Areas of interest
governance and anti-corruption, contract and licensing, monitoring revenue collection, redistribution and sustainable development