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Enhancing the Governance of Africa’s Oil Sector

"This paper evaluates several important international governance initiatives in the African oil sector, including the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Publish What You Pay, Transparency International and Global Witness. What are the le…

China and Gabon: a growing resource partnership

"This policy report provides a focused study of Gabon, where Chinese involvement has begun to reshape the trade and investment patterns of the past. In so doing, it highlights the impact of and reactions to China's growing resource partnership with …

Political Economy of Regionalisation in Central Africa

"This monograph argues that until there is a positive alignment between political security and human security, the region will continue to face a human security crisis. In attempting to explain the absence of deep integration, the monograph borrows …

To Bélinga or not to Bélinga? China's evolving engagement in Gabon's mining sector

"Gabon’s recent ambition to reduce its dependency on oil revenue by diversifying its economy coincides with China’s growing investment in resource-rich African countries. Within the wide range of Sino–Gabonese co-operation, the mining sector – and …

Escaping the Oil Curse and Making Poverty History: A Review of the Oil and Gas Policy and Legal Framework for Uganda

"The recent discovery of commercially viable oil deposits in the Abertine Graben region of Uganda (Lake Albert basin) raised hopes that the enormous revenues expected to accrue would make poverty history. At the same time however, the discovery has …

Gabonese say President should be Accountable to Courts and Parliament but often Ignores both

Accountability forms a central pillar of democratic governance. While free and fair elections help promote government of, by, and for the people, what happens between election days can be equally important. Respect for the rule of law and other gove…

Les Gabonais Demandent plus de Liberté D’expression, Mais pas pour le Président / Gabonese Call for more Freedom of Expression, but not to Criticise the President

Gabon, a democratic country since the early 1990s, is like many African countries whose democracy is sometimes limited to the simple holding of regular elections. Yet we know that the strength of liberal democracy lies in the fact that it gives the …

Les Gabonais Accusent L’exploitation Forestière et Minière D’exacerber le Conflit Homme-Faune / Gabonese Accuse Logging and Mining of Exacerbating Human-Wildlife Conflict

The cohabitation between man and wildlife has always been conflictual for reasons of space and access to natural resources. However, in recent years there has been a resurgence of tensions in the sharing of space between wildlife and humans. The Con…

Les Gabonais Expriment leur Insatisfaction des Besoins D’éducation / Gabonese Express Dissatisfaction with Education Needs

Education is considered one of the sectors that underpin the development of a country. It contributes, among other things, to the formation of populations and to the social cohesion of a nation. Despite great progress over the last two decades, Afri…

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