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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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Ahead of the UN Conference of Parties (COP 21) meeting in December 2015, which it is hoped will deliver a universal, legally binding climate agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol by 2020, Paris is hosting an International Scientific Conference (ISC) from 7–10 July.
On 2 July 2015, SAIIA and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) hosted a special two-day seminar on 'Global Sustainability, Climate Change and Finance Policy.' A briefing from the event is now available.
SAIIA Policy Briefing 139, June 2015 
SAIIA Policy Briefing 137, June 2015
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 218, June 2015
The global economy loses $50 billion every year as a result of poor management of global fish stocks. That figure doesn’t tell the full story of how overfishing, illegal fisheries and environmental degradation impact the livelihoods of coastal and riparian communities, particularly in developing states.
Every year, the United Nations Environment Programme celebrates the World Environment Day on 5 June to raise awareness about environmental issues, reflect on what has been accomplished and call for sustained action globally.
Since shortly after independence, Botswana has depended on its diamond revenues. The diamond industry is inextricably linked to other industries, both upstream and downstream, that together provide much of the government's revenue. But these reserves are likely to decline in the near future.
On 8 May 2015, SAIIA hosted a seminar addressed by Prof. V.N. Attri, Chair of Indian Ocean Rim Studies (IORS) for the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) at the University of Mauritius, on 'The Indian Ocean’s Blue Economy: Perspectives on the Indian Ocean Rim Association.'
In tandem with the steep fall in global commodity prices, demands for a stronger sustainability focus in Africa's extractives industry is on the rise. This shift is leading communities, industry, government and civil society actors to reassess emerging governance challenges in a low commodity price environment.
Is there clarity and coherence in current measures being taken by South Africa’s government to address the country’s critical energy challenges?
South Africa is facing a rhino poaching crisis. One of the proposed policy mechanisms to address rhino poaching was the establishment of a Committee of Inquiry to deliberate on matters relating to a possible trade of Rhino Horn.
The 22nd of March every year marks international Water Day. As the world celebrates its most important life-giving natural resource, it is important to take stock of Africa's water challenges and opportunities. Water is the pre-condition for life and the sustainable management of water is fundamental to achieving Africa's development goals.
Global campaigns to protect the world’s forests have raised awareness of the devastating consequences of illegal logging of tropical hardwoods and the clearing of Amazonian and Indonesian rainforests for the cultivation of agricultural crops. In Africa, too, tropical forests face a range of threats.
On 10 March 2015, the Norwegian Embassy in South Africa entered into an agreement with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) to provide financial support of approximately R16 million to our Governance of Africa's Resources programme.
Both the industry-led African Mining Indaba and its Civil Society-led counterpart, the Alternative Mining Indaba (AMI), take place in Cape Town every February. In 2015, SAIIA has continued with its efforts to help build a bridge across the Indaba divide, with two separate stakeholder engagements during the Indaba week involving government, corporate and community participants.
Africa’s Environment Day is celebrated on the 3rd of March each year. It is an important event which contributes to raising awareness of pressing environmental challenges for Africa. It also highlights the importance of environmental sustainability in achieving the continents development goals, and the centrality of the continent in these discussions.
Putting aside all the controversies surrounding President Jacob Zuma’s delivery of the 2015 State of the Nation address, the speech is worth analysing.
Friday, 13 February 2015

SAIIA 2015 Change-Makers Forum

SAIIA is convenening its third annual high-level dialogue forum for ‘Change-Makers’ in the African extractive sector. This event will be held on on Friday, 13 February 2015, on the sidelines of the 2015 Mining Indaba in Cape Town, South Africa.
On 9 February 2015, SAIIA's Governance of Africa's Resources Programme hosted a Mining Indaba Roundtable on 'From Acid Mine Drainage to Fracking? South Africa’s capacity for environmental oversight of extractive industries'.
On 26 January 2015, President Jacob Zuma provided reasons for referring the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill (MPRD-AB 2014) back to Parliament. The Bill had been shepherded through parliament shortly before the 2014 national elections, and has been on the President's desk since then.
SAIIA Policy Insights No 5, December 2014
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 123, January 2015
From 9 to 13 February, the mining world will descend on Cape Town for the globe's biggest annual Mining Indaba. SAIIA will be hosting two important events alongside the Indaba to address some of the critical questions facing the mining industry in Africa.