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China-Africa Relations Governance, Peace and Security

"Relations between China and Africa have been gathering pace and getting depth since a couple of decades ago. In the wake of the 21st century, China-Africa ties have been further cemented in both the political and economic spheres. Both Africa and...

Still Waiting for the Bonanza: The Oil Business in South Sudan after 2005

"The paper examines the oil sector in South Sudan since 2005, when the historic Comprehensive Peace Agreement was reached between the Government of the former Sudan and the then rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army. It argues that, as i...

Accelerating Growth and Maintaining Intergenerational Equity Using Oil Resources in Uganda

"This paper seeks to interrogate three major aspects of oil extraction and revenue management that relate to issues around intergenerational equity in the Ugandan context. The first aspect concerns the management of the process of extracting the o...

Managing Expectations and Tensions in Ghana's Oil-Rich Western Region

"The discovery of oil and gas along the coastline of Ghana’s Western Region in June 2007 was viewed as a means for the state to generate revenues that could be used to address the country’s development needs. The inhabitants of the Western Region...

Ghana's Offshore Oil: Resource Curse or Blessing?

"This backgrounder explores the contentious debate surrounding Ghana’s oil discovery. It considers the ways in which Ghana’s oil could be either a ‘curse’ or a ‘blessing’ for the country. It briefly considers challenges surrounding resource extrac...

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 ha...

China's Economic Statecraft and African Mineral Resources: Changing Modes of Engagement

"China’s impressive inroads into Africa’s resources sectors over the past decade are explained largely by the timely match between a cash-loaded China in search of raw materials and a continent with a vast pool of underdeveloped mineral deposits, ...

Challenges Associated with the Development of Oil and Gas Sector in Uganda

"The production of oil poses a number of challenges, including the impact of the potential scale of revenues on consumption patterns, inflation and demand for certain goods and services, and the impact of price and production volume volatility on ...

Oil Wealth and Potential Dutch Disease Effects in Uganda

"Based on the hypothesis that different spending options from oil inflows are likely to generate different Dutch disease effects, this study employs a dynamic Computable General Equilibrium Model to investigate how different spending option target...

The politics of resources, resistance and peripheries in Sudan

"In July 2011, Southern Sudan will become Africa’s 54th independent state. Since independence in 1956, Sudanese people have been subjected to two civil wars spanning 40 years. Factors, such as clashing identities and political marginalisation th...

The Power of Oil Charting Uganda's Transition to a Petro-State

"The report investigates the political impacts that oil is likely to have on Uganda. It argues that oil production will have transformative effects on Uganda’s local, national and regional political relations. To better understand these impacts, t...

China's Growing Involvement in Chad: Escaping Enclosure?

"The paper first outlines the Chadian context, at national and regional levels, in order to locate China’s engagement appropriately. Because China’s economic engagement in Chad is structured mostly around oil interests, the second section examines...

Refining Relations: Chad's Growing Links with China

"Chad’s relations with China have developed importantly in a relatively short space of time, which has elevated China’s importance in the Chadian economy and domestic politics. The core of the Chinese engagement is driven by the China National Pe...

Impact of Mining and Oil Boom on the Labour Market and Economic Development in Niger

This paper analyzes the impacts of mining and petroleum sector expansion on economic growth and the labour market through allocation policies. We use a static CGE (computable general equilibrium) model based on PEP 1-1 with some modifications. T...

A Stitch in Time: Preventive Diplomacy and the Lake Malawi Dispute

"A low-intensity dispute between Malawi and Tanzania threatens regional peace as the two countries contest the demarcation of their national boundaries at Lake Malawi. This long-standing dispute became more urgent when in 2011 the Malawian gover...

East African Energy Frontier, a Decade on

"The East Africa region has seen some of the decade’s largest natural gas and energy finds. However, despite their magnitude, these discoveries have yet to fulfil the promise of social and economic progress. With some signs of the negative impa...

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