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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.

View a playlist of videos related to this programme on YouTube. Contact the programme on resourcegov[@]saiia.org.za.

It’s no secret that I am a fan of the many books emanating from the South African Institute for International Affairs. Not only does the institute boast a veritable posse of damn fine writers, it also seems to be their main aim to cut through the clutter, writing with clarity and simplicity that makes easily digestible that which many practitioners would prefer to remain an arcane subject.
Demokrasie is duur maar die alternatiewe kan veel duurder wees. Die transformasie van Afrika en meer spesifiek Suider-Afrika van sy diktature en oligargieë na wydverspreide demokrasie is nie minder besonders as die val van sosialistiese regimes in Oos Europa nie.
Tyranny is rule by fear. The government of Zimbabwe is a tyranny. Tyrannies lack legitimacy and popular consent, relying rather on the abuse of state power to remain in office. Insofar as the state has a virtual monopoly on the instruments and use of force, this presents a potent weapon in the hands of a tyrant. Tyrannies deftly and crudely manipulate the discourse and institutions of democracy while simultaneously occluding its space.
"There will be cloudy weather over parts of racist South Africa," Zimbabwean TV weather anchors would forecast during the dark days of apartheid. Understandable perhaps, but bizarre. Fast forward to contemporary Israel and one wonders whether a Hamas-led Palestinian Authority will accept assistance in dealing with avian flu from the non-existent State of Israel?
ZIMBABWE is off the radar screen; HIV is off the radar screen. Can you believe not a single British journalist requested an interview about Jacob Zuma’s trial?” This is the Utopia recently portrayed by SA’s high commissioner to the UK, Lindiwe Mabuza. These assertions are as dangerous as they are disingenuous.
Monday, 21 April 2008

Are blood diamonds forever?

SECRETIVE, collusive and brutal, or progressive, developmental and transparent? These are the two faces the diamond industry is attempting to come to grips with. Historically, the former reputation is well-earned and well-deserved. Today, the picture is markedly different.
HOLLYWOOD is no longer a diamond’s best friend. Nominated for a number of industry awards, the blockbuster film Blood Diamond represents the greatest public relations challenge to the diamond industry since the exposure of the role diamonds played in fuelling civil wars and conflict in southern, west and central Africa in the 1990s. Indeed, the film itself is set in Sierra Leone in the 1990s and would have been of far greater social and political impact had it been made then.
WE THE people are allowing South African parliamentary democracy to fail us. To illustrate the point, how many readers of Business Day have participated in Parliament, attended a parliamentary portfolio committee meeting, or even met the MP who is assigned to their constituency?
Africa holds nearly 30% of the planet’s mineral reserves, including 40% of its gold, 60% of its cobalt and 90% of the world’s platinum reserves.  The continent is also an increasingly important global oil producer and has the second largest tropical rain forests in the world.  Rather than these resources being a driver of African development, in many cases their exploitation and extraction has led to environmental degradation, but also to poor governance, underdevelopment and conflict. 
Sir Nicholas Stern, from the British High Commission, is undertaking an international tour to promote The Stern Review and his economic message on the urgency of tackling climate change through active dissemination of the key issues. The Review was launched on 30 October 2006 and it has received significant and positive media coverage around the world. He will be at the institute where he will discuss his findings under the topic 'The Stern Review: Economics of Climate Change' at Jan Smuts House at 7pm. A copy of the Stern Review is available at www.sternreview.org.uk RSVP: Pumla Moguerane on (011) 339-2021 or mogueranep@saiia.wits.ac.za Venue: Jan Smuts House
Business Day AS THE world’s poorest, most agriculturally dependent continent, Africa is the most vulnerable region to global climate change. It is estimated that Africa’s gross domestic product could decline up to 10% because of the effects of this phenomenon. Yet, the World Economic Forum on Africa and recent discussion on Africa’s economic outlook for this year made minimal mention of climate change and its economic ramifications for African countries. This is cause for concern, given that climate change is one of the most significant sustainable-development challenges facing the world, with huge implications for all economic enterprises.
Position: Senior ResearcherProgramme: Governance of Africa's Resources Programme
Head: Governance of Africa's Resources Programme
Position: Senior ResearcherProgramme: Governance of Africa's Resources Programme
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