sharing in governance of extractive industries
Ms. Elizabeth Caesens enquired in her recent post as to whether there's any reliable source for determining the probable value of discovered mineral deposits ( especially on the Sub-Saharan continent.) for non-geologists. Her indignance seems to have emanated from her frustrating work in the extractive industry in the Congo(DRC).
For Elizabeth and others, Adam Smith's Luqman Ahmad gave an excellent presentation on May 2nd at the University of Dendee, in the UK., on why nothing seems…Continue
Old folks among a disappearing tribe tucked in the marshy lands of the upper reaches of the Niger river in what is now the Fouta Djallon highlands of Guinea, had an adage that goes thus; if you want to show a man how ugly he is you need to put a mirror to his face. The problem is, these people had never had a mirror or what was then referred to as a…Continue
It seems like everywhere one turns there are those forecasting the soon demise of the newest nation and Africa's 54th country. There are those who have become experts overnight on everything that will go wrong for the South Sudanese. One blogger on another site even wrote independence for South Sudan within quotation marks. Meaning of course the unreality of this evolving phenomenon, which has become an independent country of South Sudan.
The making of a nation,…Continue
I have just read this report of the socio-economic benefits of mining in the Lao PDR and wondering why has such a scenario not yet been benchmarked any where in Africa.
Rather one reads about natural resources being a "curse" on the African continent.
Which is true as evidenced by the 10 year Charles Taylor diamond war in Sierra Leone, West Africa and ofcourse the continuing conflicts in the great lakes region of the continent.
Is it the absence of…Continue