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Stephen Yeboah
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Africa Progress Panel
Type of Organisation
Civil Society Organisation
Job Title
Research Fellow, PhD Candidate
About My Work
Stephen Yeboah was a Research Fellow at the Africa Progress Panel, a non-profit organization which advocates at the highest levels for equitable and sustainable development in Africa, and chaired by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. He engagesd in policy research and media communications. His areas of research include agriculture, energy, climate, natural resources governance and sustainable development.

Mr. Yeboah is a trained journalist and has published more than ninety articles, op-eds and blogs on migration, aid, agriculture, mining, and oil and gas. He is also the Head of Research on Oil and Gas for Center for Social Impact Studies (CeSIS), a non-governmental organization based in Ghana.

In 2014, his brief paper ‘’Crops or carats’ Interaction between gold mining and cocoa production and the livelihood dilemma in Amansie Central District of Ghana’ was selected as a runner-up in the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) Young Scholars Think Piece Series on Extractive Industries and Social Development.

He is PhD student at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP), University of Lausanne. The doctoral research is on the politics and institutions of natural resources in Ghana and Africa. Mr. Yeboah completed his undergraduate programme in Development Planning at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana and holds Master of Arts in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva.
Areas of interest
gold, oil and natural gas, environment, social accountability, human rights, monitoring revenue collection, redistribution and sustainable development
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What Democratic Republic of Congo's mining reform means for Africa

Posted on April 2, 2018 at 16:00 0 Comments

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has undertaken a bold reform in its mining sector. In March this year, DRC’s president Joseph Kabila signed into law a new mining code that increases royalties and taxes that mining companies pay. This happened even in the face of strong objections from international mining companies…


Developing skills for industrialization in Africa’s extractive industries

Posted on September 30, 2017 at 18:22 4 Comments

The discovery and exploitation of oil, gas and mining usually brings in its wake high expectations of employment opportunities for countries where the resource extraction is taking place. However, there is often a mismatch between these expectations and the actual jobs that the oil, gas and mining sectors can offer. In practice, oil and gas, and to a lesser extent, mining projects in Africa often do not generate much employment locally. This is partly as a result of the capital intensive…


Down the drain? The economic costs of illicit financial flows in Africa’s extractive sector

Posted on July 19, 2017 at 8:17 3 Comments

Resource-rich African countries are facing significant economic headwinds. Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer, depends on oil for over 90% of its foreign exchange earnings and three-quarters of government revenue. The slump in oil prices has adversely affected Nigeria’s economic prospects, pushing…


Crops or carats? The unattended tensions between miners and farmers

Posted on August 24, 2016 at 12:30 1 Comment

Artisanal small-scale mining in Africa competes for resources with farming. Shutterstock

The interaction between artisanal (small scale) mining and agriculture in Africa still needs to be carefully considered by policy makers to ensure that people’s livelihoods and countries' export revenues…


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At 18:03 on May 26, 2011, Ahmed Finoh said…


Teething challenges; that's exactly my point of view.

 While I agree with you whole heartedly that our African leaders' feet must be held to the fire, at the same time we must serve as educators.


 Remember, Stephen, most African countries are still toying with self-rule after very tumoultous years of unsteabilities just yesterday.


Besides, belabouring the point that Ghana should not have started pumping oil is a moot case. The oil is already being pumped! It is now our duties, we who claim to know the solutions to educate our politicians on those solutions.

That's my take.

 Keep the fire burning , Stephen, you're doing a good job.


Eng. Ahmed Finoh

At 17:34 on May 26, 2011, Ahmed Finoh said…


Why are  Africa's issues always reported from the negative point of view.

Your report is similar to others on Africa ; constantly reciting problems without coming up with any intelligent solutions.


Do you for once believe Ghana must not have started pumping the oil until some obscure meter is made to maximally work after billions had been spent on research for the oil and infrastructure?


You guys are all contributing to the blungeoning of Africa to death.

With all these negative reporting who will want to invest in Africa?

No wonder it is extyremely difficult to sell Africa to anyone here in the West.

That could be the reason Africa is replete with shady investors rummaging throughout the continent.


Eng. Ahmed Finoh, MPA

PublicWorksConcepts, Inc.

Durham, NC


At 18:10 on February 21, 2011, Antoine Heuty said…


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