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Governance of Africa’s Resources

Based in Cape Town, GARP provides advisory and research support to governments and other stakeholders on governing Africa’s natural resources to maximise their equitable and sustainable development contributions. Regular field research, policy convening and dialogue activities are led by GARP experts in the three focal areas of mining and development; energy and the green economy; and the governance of ecosystems and commons resources (including fisheries and forestry).

Increasingly acknowledged as an influential African voice on resource governance, the programme works closely with local, regional and other international partners, including through the SAIIA Change-Makers forum and the Governance of Africa’s Resources Research Network (GARN). Co-ordinated by GARP, the network facilitates capacity-building, knowledge-sharing and the up-scaling of research outputs beyond the respective national levels.

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It is widely acknowledged that well-functioning ecosystems provide reliable and clean flows of fresh water and air, productive soils, healthy and balanced biota, and many other services that contribute to the well-being of humans. It is also widely documented that many ecosystems and the services they provide are under severe threat globally. Human pressure and economic activities are currently compromising the resilience of these ecosystems and eroding their natural capacity to deliver vital regulating, provisioning, supporting and cultural services.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 56, September 2012
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 122, September 2012
The Department of Mineral Resources recently lifted the moratorium on shale gas exploration in the Karoo. According to the US Energy Information Administration, this area potentially holds 485 trillion cubic feet of shale gas.
SAIIA Policy Briefing 55, August 2012
The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch, hosted a seminar on 30 August 2012 on "The South African mining industry on the road to Mangaung", addressed by Peter Leon.
The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch, invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Peter Leon on "The South African mining industry on the road to Mangaung".Venue: Cape Town Holocaust Centre, 88 Hatfield St, Gardens, Cape Town
The Centre for Africa’s International Relations, in collaboration with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the office of the Dean of Humanities of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) hosted a roundtable at Jan Smuts House on 20 August under the theme Dr Dlamini-Zuma’s election: The future of African integration and South Africa’s foreign policy.
‘Cui bono?’ or ‘Who benefits?’ is a question often asked by well-known political economist Susan Strange. This was also the guiding question of a recent SAIIA study on the tropical timber trade in Africa’s Great Lakes region. The report, entitled Timber Trade in Africa’s Great Lakes: The road from Beni, DRC to Kampala, Uganda focuses on international, regional and local demand-side drivers of tropical timber exports from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to and through Uganda.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 53, August 2012
SAIIA CLOSED ROUNDTABLE: "New World Energy Trends after the Fukushima Accident" presented by Mr Nobua Tanaka, former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency.Venue: Jan Smuts House
In 2011 Parliament’s mineral resources committee conducted public hearings on the amendment of the Broad Based Socio Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining Industry, namely the Amended Mining Charter of 2010. This occurred against the backdrop of negative press surrounding the mineral licensing process, managed by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and the ongoing debate surrounding the nationalisation of South Africa’s mines.
SAIIA Report No 11, July 2012  Download - English [.pdf] (2.82 MB) Governance of Africa's Resource Programme The report provides a political economy analysis of the trade in tropical timber from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to and through Uganda via the Northern Transit Corridor. The study focuses on international, regional and local demand-side drivers for tropical timber exports from the eastern DRC to and through Uganda.
The intentions of the recent UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil, Rio+20, compared to its 1992 precursor, were less about revisiting the outcomes from past events than crafting its own path towards sustainable development for the next decade. Top of the discussion list during the meeting from 13-22 June 2012 were seven critical issues, namely jobs, energy, cities, food, water, oceans and disasters.
Address by Nicolas Dasnois on "Africa's Uranium and the Global Nuclear Renaissance", Mountain Club of SA, Gardens, Cape Town
Like Libya last year, the rapidly deteriorating situation in Syria is forcing tough foreign policy choices the world over. In Ankara, the Turkish government has made its opposition to the Bashar al-Assad government crystal clear. The country's border with Syria is nowadays a porous line across which refugees flee to get away from a country going up in flames. Dissidents and elements of the loosely defined Free Syrian Army also use this border as a space to run logistics. Factions that support either the Assad government or opposition forces in Syria clashed in Lebanon during recent weeks.
World Oceans Day (8th June) is celebrated this year just days ahead of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20, where ocean governance will be one of the key themes under discussion. The world's oceans have become an increasingly crowded and contested arena of human activity in recent decades. Fishing and merchant shipping fleets have expanded dramatically in number and vessel capacity, with significant impacts on marine life. Technological innovations and high prices have fuelled exploration and competition for marine minerals and energy resources. Piracy has resurfaced as a major security threat in many parts of…
An unexpected wave of popular protests broke on Africa's northern shores in 2011, starting with the political demise of the Tunisian and Egyptian presidents, leading to more deadly conflict in Libya. These events – particularly those in Libya – have divided the African Union (AU), and shaken the organisation's fragile new foundations of democracy promotion and conflict prevention.
How do we ensure that Africans benefit maximally, equitably and sustainably from the continent's natural resource riches? This is not a new question. Questions about wise and accountable stewardship of earth's resources have long preoccupied both decision-makers and ordinary citizens the world over.
An Energy Planning Colloquium hosted by South Africa's Department of Energy from 29-30 March served to highlight the challenges the country faces in meeting its high energy demand. As defined by the minister of energy, Dipuo Peters and the minister in the presidency, responsible for the National Planning Commission, Trevor Manual, this included ensuring energy security and efficiency; competitive energy pricing; and lastly, encouraging growth while reducing carbon emissions in the sector.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 113, March 2012
An event co-hosted by SAIIA and ACODE, members of the Governance of Africa's Resources Research Network (GARN)Golf Course Hotel, Kampala, Uganda
SAIIA Report No 10, March 2012  Download - English [.pdf] (1.14 MB) 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, the report attempts to contextualise oil developments within a historical perspective. Since gaining independence from colonial rule in 1962, Uganda's military forces have played a significant role in politics. This is evidenced by a history of military-led coups, and by the survival in office of several post-independence presidents being dependent on creating…
Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) is a thorny issue for both governments and large scale mining (LSM) companies. Often operating in remote, unregulated and environmentally sensitive areas, difficult to tax and posing a security challenge on the verges of LSM mine sites, ASM miners are generally discussed at major mining forums as a challenge to be managed, if indeed they form part of the discussion at all. The 2012 "Investing in Africa Mining Indaba", however, revealed a greater urgency among both government and corporate delegates to address ASM mining.
How can Africa extract lasting dividends from the growing global commercial engagement in its mineral and oil resources? The marketing pitch of the 2012 "Investing in Africa Mining Indaba" that took place in Cape Town (from 6 to 9 February) is that it is the biggest and most significant annual event on the African mining industry's calendar. This claim seemed compelling judging by the packed programme, thousands of participants, hundreds of exhibitors, and the wide array of ministerial and company presentations that flooded the Cape Town International Convention Centre. But in the aftermath of the Indaba it is useful to…
2 December 2011: The consequences of climate change for both national and human security are profound. With Military Analysts increasingly looking into these consequences, there is a serious risk of 'securitising' the climate change agenda, leading simply to military responses rather than a more preventative course.
SAIIA's publishing partner, Routledge of Taylor and Francis Online, is offering free access to area studies journals, including the South African Journal of International Affairs (SAJIA), until 16 December 2011.