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Managing Conflict Over Natural Resources in Greater Kordofan, Sudan: Some Recurrent Patterns and Governance Implications

"Despite the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which brought to an end 20 years of civil war in the Sudan, this country continues to experience smaller-scale conflicts, particularly around access to and control of natural resources. Some observe...

Supply of Pigeonpea Genetic Resources in Local Markets of Eastern Kenya

"Smallholder producers in marginal and semiarid areas of eastern Kenya have not benefited greatly from research investments made in improvement of crops grown in such environments (sorghum, millet, and legumes, including pigeonpea) either by the ...

Natural resources, the environment and conflict

"This report focus on Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Sudan. The study solicited views and perspectives on the role that natural resources and the environment can play in complex conflict situations. This report observed ...

The Paradox of Plenty: The Political and Developmental Implications of Natural Resources in Sub-Saharan Africa

"The phenomena of the 'paradox of plenty' or the 'resource curse' in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is well-known and documented. Both terms refer to the prevalence of slow growth rates despite large natural resource endowments. This paper will examine ...

Taming the Resource Curse: Implementing the ICGLR Certification Mechanism for Conflict-prone Minerals

"This study deals with the challenges posed by mineral flows that may lack all of the requisite export and sourcing documentation, or that may before or during the process of mining and export financially benefit rebel groups, militias, or militar...

Nigeria and the BRICs: Diplomatic, Trade, Cultural and Military Relations

"The paper explores the relationship between the BRICs and Nigeria, undoubtedly one of Africa’s key countries and one that is also an aspiring member of the expanded BRICs. It considers the relationship in the areas of economic relations, diploma...

South Africa in the World: Political and Strategic Realities

The details given in this volume are based on part of the proceedings of a symposium with the theme: South Africa in the World; The Realities. It contains chapters on South Africa in African politics, South Africa in world politics, and South Afri...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 7, no. 1, 1983

“In this issue Professor John Barratt and Professor Gerald Bender wrote articles on Namibia and Angola which pointed to some of the divergent assumptions and perceptions which bedevil the current outlook for the region and for Namibian independenc...

A.P.P.A. is born: A Commentary

"The following commentary is on the 'Resolution of Lagos' unanimously adopted and the Communique issued at the end of the inaugural conference, they will be viewed in the context of the international political economy of the hydrocarbon industry. ...

Towards A Comprehensive National Energy Policy

"Man, as a tool-maker, has always depended on energy as his tool-mover. Like the basic needs of shelter, benign forms of energy are a necessity of modern life. Without ample energy, our industry and commerce would come to a grinding halt. This pap...

Climate Change, Population Pressure and Conflict in Africa

"Africa is characterised by widespread and deeply entrenched poverty, armed conflict, slow economic development until recently, and agricultural systems proven to failure during frequent and persistent drought. With its tremendous natural resource...

Environmental Governance and Climate Change in Africa Legal Perspectives

"This book does not attempt to provide profound solutions to all the challenges posed by climate change in Africa. Rather, it aims to contribute to the ongoing discussion by investigating certain aspects of climate change and the manner in which ...

Chad: Powder Keg in the East

Excerpt: "Large-scale internal displacement and a massive influx of Sudanese refugees have upset eastern Chad’s demographic balance and intensified the struggle for resources. Both the Chadian government and rebel groups have armed their supporter...

Nigeria: Ogoni Land after Shell

Excerpt: "The Nigerian government’s 4 June 2008 decision to replace the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) as operator of oil concessions in Ogoni areas offers an opportunity for ending one of the longest-running conflicts between a multin...

Lifting the veil: Exploring the transparency of Canadian companies

"Improving transparency amongst companies and governments has become an important international issue. Transparency is a critical tool that can reduce corruption and improve revenue governance in countries with abundant resources. Information is...

Natural Resource Governance, Boom and Bust: The Case of Kolwezi in the DRC

"This paper considers the effects of the successive booms and busts in the mining industry and the commodity markets on the management of natural resources in Kolwezi. It focus on the commodities boom that ran from 2004–2008, and the bust that beg...

Political Economy Models of the Resource Curse: Implications for Policy and Research

"A number of studies suggest that natural resources can have a negative impact on countries’development prospects. This paper reviews political economy models of the resource curse and examines the implications of these models in terms of policy a...

China and Africa's Natural Resources: The Challenges and Implications for Development and Governance

"This paper proposes to analyse China’s growing engagement in Africa’s mineral sector and assess its impact on local governance. China’s energy concerns have been playing an increasingly crucial role in its foreign policymaking in the new centur...

Fishing for Sustainable Livelihoods in Angola: The Co-operative Approach

"This paper focuses on the fisheries sector in Angola. In particular, it considers the potential role for co-operatives in artisanal fisheries governance in Angola. The paper begins by situating fisheries governance within wider theories of natura...

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 ...

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