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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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At this week’s Mining Lekgotla (13-14 August 2014), the future of the currently suppressed platinum industry is likely to be a key agenda item. Whether fuel cell technology takes off is a critical determinant of what this future might look like.
The Mining Lekgotla (13 - 14 August 2014), comes at a time the South African mining sector is reeling following the longest and violent platinum strike in the history of the country. The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), which continues to monitor and follow developments in the mining sector through its Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme (GARP), has put together a set of resources to help observers and the media.
Among the key themes of the US-Africa Business Forum, organised as an important core event during the upcoming US-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington, energy is recognised as a priority issue for Africa and the growing US partnership with African states.
For a decade now the world has been engaged in what has been seen as a battle against blood diamonds perceived as funding wars in countries like Sierra Leone and DRC. The Kimberley process is one unique but flawed example of an attempt at global governance co-operation by producers and consumers to stamp out blood diamonds.
How natural resources are governed plays a significant role in determining development prospects in Africa. This encapsulates a key overarching lesson that has emerged from the recently-concluded second research phase (2010-2014) of SAIIA’s Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme (GARP).
The International Affairs Journal, Chatham House, the Marjan Centre at King’s College London and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) cordially invite you to a panel discussion on "War and biodiversity: security’s emerging new frontier" to launch the July issue of International Affairs.
On 22 June, four suspected illegal miners were found dead with gunshot wounds to the head at a gold mine near Johannesburg. Earlier this year, a rescue operation to remove illegal miners from the abandoned Gold One mineshaft on South Africa’s East Rand, revealed a reluctance to be rescued for fear of arrest. This brings to attention the scale and intractability of efforts to curb illegal mining.
To President Zuma’s credit, last Tuesday evening’s State of the Nation Address went straight to the heart of South Africa’s triple challenge of poverty, inequality and unemployment. His vision of needed policy responses also put the National Development Plan (NDP) at the front and centre: government plans to achieve an economic growth rate of 5% by 2019.
“The Blue Economy is Africa’s future”. This was the unequivocal statement made by Seychelles Deputy President Danny Faure earlier this year at the 22nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union.
This is an exciting year for multinationals looking to exploit Africa’s ever-expanding oil reserves, which are increasingly accessible and economically recoverable as technology advances. The 2014 Africa Assembly of the Oil Council is hosting a conference towards the end of June to bring together oil executives and government officials to aid extractive endeavours in Africa’s oil and gas sectors.   
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 188, June 2014
The newly appointed Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr. Senzeni Zokwana, inherits a complex and divisive set of governance challenges within South Africa’s fisheries sector. Recent developments, however, suggest that his tenure may present an important opportunity to effect meaningful change and set South African fisheries on a more sustainable and prosperous path.
On 28 to 29 May 2014 the South African Institute of International Affairs hosted the fourth general meeting of the Governance of Africa’s Resources Research Network (GARN). Established in 2010, GARN is a pan-continental network of African research institutes with a shared interest in promoting the responsible, equitable and sustainable exploitation of Africa’s vast natural resources.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 92, May 2014
If the European Union (EU) and the 'Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) can provide strong leadership in at least four key areas, EU companies can become better placed than their global peers to meet the stricter operation standards and developmental impact being demanded by communities and governments in Africa.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 91, May 2014
Just short of 18 months after South Africa’s Marikana tragedy of 16 August 2012, ascendant platinum belt union AMCU went on strike. The union represents about 70% of the workforce across three of South Africa’s largest platinum companies. Since its inception in January, the longest strike in South African history has cost the platinum sector over R17 billion in lost revenue.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 183, April 2014
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 87, April 2014
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 86, April 2014
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 173, February 2014
The usual flurry of analyses has followed President Jacob Zuma’s annual state of the nation address. From a resource governance perspective, there are three things worth examining in further detail given the president’s off the cuff remarks during his address - to both the management of mines and the unions - that actions that damage the economy would not be tolerated.  
Recent years have witnessed the multiplication of energy-related events, policies and initiatives in South Africa. On the eve of the 6th Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) which takes place in Sandton, Johannesburg from 18 to 20 February 2014, this self-proclaimed ‘highest profile energy event’ on the continent seeks to bring together global and national energy stakeholders, government officials and business delegations to debate critical emerging issues for the sector.