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Monday, 18 March 2013

Access to Information in the South African Extractive Sector: International Initiatives and National Bills

  SAIIA Western Cape

The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch, invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by

Nadège Compaoré
“Access to Information in the South African Extractive Sector: International Initiatives and National Bills”

The Mountain Club of SA, 97 Hatfield Street, Gardens, Cape Town

on Monday 18th March 2013

at 5:00 for 5:30 pm

Light refreshments will be served before the event

Please RSVP to or call Pippa on 083 305 2339

Entrance for non-members is R30 or R15 on presentation of a
current student identity card.

Parking is freely available on Hatfield Street.


Event Background

This talk will undertake a critical assessment of the various motivations behind South Africa’s active participation in the Open Government Partnership (OGP), as a contrast to the country’s notable absence from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). Indeed, while the South African government counts as one of the 8 pioneering states to have officially launched the OGP on 20 September 2011, it is not a signatory to the EITI, which will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in May 2013. How has the South African government justified its absence from the EITI so far, and what do these justifications mean for its participation in the OGP? How do the South African government’s discourses and practices vis-à-vis these two multilateral transparency frameworks impact access to information in the country’s extractive resource sector, especially in light of current practices within the sector? This analysis will also speak to legal developments regarding access to information in South Africa, namely the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) and the Secrecy Bill, as a means to unpack their implications for the country’s attitudes towards global transparency initiatives.
W. R. Nadège Compaoré is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. Her research interests include global political economy, global governance, resource governance, and African politics. Her doctoral research investigates the political economy of extractive energy in Gabon, Ghana, and South Africa. A student from Burkina Faso, she earned a B.A. in international political economy from Trent University, and a M.A. in political studies from Queen’s University.