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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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Billed as the premier annual event for African mining interests, the 2016 Mining Indaba will take place in Cape Town from 8 to 11 February. But what is being discussed at the Indaba? Are all interests equally represented? And what do research institutes on the ground across Africa think about what is being decided there?
Despite a constrained low-commodity price environment, and substantial asset impairments among some of the world’s major mining houses, the annual African Mining Indaba will take place from 8-11 February in Cape Town. The conference aims to connect investors with mining companies and governments. On the side lines of this conference, SAIIA will host two important events.
Join SAIIA researchers Romy Chevallier and Ross Harvey as they travel to Botswana to look at successful and sustainable opportunities linked to the country’s beautiful natural resources: its wildlife, parks and conservation areas.
SAIIA Policy Briefing 145, December 2015
As a mining jurisdiction, South Africa’s score (relative global rank indexed out of a maximum of 100) on the Fraser Institute Investment Attractiveness Index has fallen from 56.1 in 2011/12 to 52.6 last year. The country ranked 64th out of 122 competitors, eclipsed by Tanzania, Namibia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Madagascar and Côte d’Ivoire.
Sustainable development summits and climate change negotiations have slowly but steadily paved the way to the recognition of the inextricable linkages between water, energy and climate change.
SAIIA Research Report No 21, December 2015   Download - English (697.02 kB)  Governance of Africa’s Resources ProgrammeThis research report first considers the industrial policy debate on beneficiation and its context within the broader policy debate on the appropriate role of industrial policy.
The largest global conference on climate change is taking place in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015. Known the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UNFCCC it will be held to achieve a legally-binding agreement on climate change actions amongst world leaders.
Wednesday, 25 November 2015

MEDIA ALERT: COP21, Paris

The twenty-first session of Conference of the Parties (COP21) 30 November to 11 December 2015, Paris, France FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Dear Editors and Journalists
This December, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, a global conference on climate change is expected to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate change. This conference, known as COP21, is expected to attract close to 50,000 participants including 25,000 official delegates from government, intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society.
Wednesday, 25 November 2015

COP21 Media Briefing

On Wednesday, 25 November 2015 SAIIA held a COP21 media briefing with SAIIA experts and representatives of the Youth Policy Committee.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 224, November 2015
SAIIA Policy Briefing 144, October 2015
The dramatic drop in oil prices in the last year has meant substantial revenue losses for African energy-exporting countries and a stalling of shale oil projects as these become less economically viable.
SAIIA is hosting a panel discussion on ‘Arrested Development? The impact of low oil prices for African oil exporters’.
The 5th edition of the Africa CEO Round-table and Conference on Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility will be held on November 19-20 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria. This conference has become one of the biggest platforms for discussing issues on Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as well as the promotion of a public-private synergy in order to achieve a credible business environment in Africa. The theme for this year is: ‘From Corporate Governance to Sustainable Governance’.
SAIIA Policy Insights No 27, October 2015
In December 2015, the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) will host the 21st annual Conference of Parties (COP 21) negotiations to achieve universal commitment towards an ambitious, legally binding agreement on climate change. Over two weeks, 196 countries will be deliberating in Paris on the investment each is willing to make towards a common climate agenda.
SAIIA Policy Insights No 25, September 2015
SAIIA Policy Briefing 142, September 2015
In 2011, at the height of piracy attacks along the Somali coastline and the Gulf of Aden, 237 separate attacks were reported. This figure has fallen drastically over the years, with only 12 attacks being reported in 2014. This decline has been attributed to the collective efforts of the international community to address Somali piracy.
One of the most important and topical global discussions is the challenge of meeting the world’s climate finance needs, in order to reduce carbon emissions to sustainable levels and support adaptation strategies. A new policy briefing is now available on this topic from a South African perspective.
In the midst of a global commodity price bust and a rapid Chinese economic slowdown, South African mining companies are struggling to keep shafts operational. Exacerbating this difficulty is a generally strained relationship between mining firms and the government over mineral rights.
SAIIA Research Report No 20, August 2015  Download - English (3.08 MB) Governance of Africa's Resources ProgrammeBotswana is at a critical historical juncture. It has enjoyed a stable democracy since 1965 and strong, quality economic growth for the last few decades. However, the diamond revenues on which the country depends are likely to decline in the near future. Economic diversification is therefore a pressing policy concern.
Tuesday, 11 August 2015

The elephant in the room

In a recent bust at Zurich airport, officials seized eight suitcases of ivory – 262kg worth an estimated £265,000 – contraband that came from about 50 slaughtered elephants. It is difficult to ascertain whether these kinds of raids indicate that law enforcement on distribution routes between Africa and the Far East is improving, or whether busts are simply increasing with poaching rates.
Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states have been called to produce strategic plans to transition their electricity supply industries towards cost-reflective tariffs by 2019. This was concluded at the 34th meeting of SADC Energy Ministers Conference, recently held in Johannesburg.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 219, July 2015
Last week, at the United Nations Third International Conference on Financing for Development, in Addis Ababa, the 193 UN Member States agreed on a series of measures to overhaul global finance practices and generate investments for tackling a range of development challenges.
Following the tragic killing of striking miners at the Lonmin Mine in Marikana on 16 August 2012, South Africa’s government established a Commission of Inquiry to investigate matters of ‘public, national and international concern’ arising out of the tragic event. Three years on, the release of the Commission’s final report has provoked hostile reactions from many quarters.