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As published in the Mail & Guardian, 11 February 2011 DRC President Joseph Kabila’s decree confirming rights to Lake Albert’s oil block 1 and 2 to companies part owned by Khulubuse Zuma embroiled the South African president’s nephew in a legal dispute with a leading oil company operating in Africa, Tullow Oil. Important questions for South Africans to ponder are, what benefit this kind of investment brings to our shores and whether other SA investments in the DRC, such as gold mining, are undermined by this way of doing business?
As published in The New Age, 7 February 2011 In the run-up to Uganda’s presidential and parliamentary elections – due to start on 12 February – political party promises ring familiar: economic growth and stability through increased production, universal primary education and improved infrastructure. As the campaigning mercury rises, the already marginalised environmental sector slips even lower on politicians’ agenda. Politicians might consider the environment a “soft” issue, yet for the 88% of Ugandans who live in rural areas and who depend directly on the environment and natural resources for their livelihoods, Uganda’s environmental crisis is of paramount concern.
The New Age, 24 January 2011 On December 22 the UN Security Council agreed to a request by the African Union Commission to expand the existing Amisom (African Union Mission in Somalia) force in Somalia from 8000 to 12000 troops.
A Roundtable Seminar Report: Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme (GARP) Thursday, 13 January 2011, 9:30am-2:00pm Jan Smuts House, University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg
The South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a seminar organised by the Governance of Africa's Resources Programme ‘Can Sudan's resources be shared? Implications of the Southern Sudan referendum’Venue: Jan Smuts House
Next month Ugandans will go to the polls for presidential and parliamentary elections. It is an interesting time for a changing of the guard in Parliament, as Uganda will soon be the latest oil-producing country on the continent. Tullow Oil Plc, the London-based company leading oil development in the country, recently increased its figures for proven reserves to 1 billion barrels, representing billions of dollars in potential government revenue.  Already there are concerns over a lack of transparency and government accountability related to oil agreements and revenues. What role is Parliament expected to play in holding the Executive to account…
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 26, December 2010
The Chairman of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Dr Peter Eigen and the National Director of the South African Institute of International Affairs have great pleasure in inviting you and your Committee to participate in a high-level, half day workshop forum on South Africa and the EITI on Monday 25 October 2010.
South African Institute of International Affairs and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation cordially invite you to a workshop on ‘Africa and the Geopolitics of India's Energy Security’ to be held in Johannesburg 5 October 2010 and Cape Town on 6 October 2010. India has one of the world's fastest growing economies, coupled with an increasing demand for energy. It is the world's fifth largest energy consumer and should move to third place by 2030. Yet, India has insufficient energy resources to meet its rapidly expanding economic growth requirements. Africa, with its abundant natural resources, is an obvious region of interest.
Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Is Nationalisation the Answer?

Cuba and its revolution have long been emotional reference points for revolutionary cadres in South Africa. This sentimental attachment relates to, among others, its support for the ANC alliance during the liberation struggle and more specifically its role in Angola, which brought Cuban troops into direct confrontation with the South African Defence Force before the peace agreement of 1989.
The South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a seminar organised by the Governance of Africa's Resources Programme on “From Global Energy Dependence to Local Economic Independence” Date:        21 September 2010 Time:       08h30 (Registration), for 09h15 Venue:     Jan Smuts House, East Campus, University of the Witwatersrand RSVP:      Nosiphiwo Msitweni, by 15 September 2010  Tel:          021 422 0717 Email:
Climate change mitigation is a difficult process for developing nations because immediate and urgent developmental concerns, such as poverty eradication and economic growth, often appear to be at odds with long-term climate concerns.
SAIIA Policy Briefing, No 19, July 2010
As published in The Thinker, Volume 17, 2010 In order to come up with imaginative solutions to the myriad systemic, institutional, economic, social and political challenges that plague the extractive industries in Africa, it is necessary to compare experiences between African countries. Through such comparisons lessons can be learnt on how to reach the goal of making the future a slightly better place for Africa’s inhabitants.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) celebrates 50 years of independence from colonial rule today. At fifty, the country is torn between competing and contradictory internal forces as it tries to negotiate a path towards self-understanding, internal cohesion and responsible behaviour. At this landmark event in its post-colonial history, the DRC has to confront old wounds that create new policy challenges in a complex political-economic environment.
As Ghanaians prepare in excitement for the breaking ground of their first oilfield, the Jubilee oilfield, concerns are raised over how well poised it is to harness the development that will accrue from oil revenues. The Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading vessel, dubbed the “Kwame Nkrumah” in honour of the renowned Ghanaian politician and thinker, began its six week voyage from Singapore last week.
Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme (GARP) cordially invites you to a Roundtable Seminar: ‘Angola’s natural resources: bridging the gap between new wealth and old livelihoods’ Wednesday, 5 May 2010, 8.30am-4.30pm Centre for the Book, Queen Victoria St, Cape Town
Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Dual Book Launch: Land Issues

South African Institute of International Affairs invites you to the launch of two new books, "The Struggle over Land in Africa - Conflicts, Politics and Change" and "Land, Liberation and Compromise in Southern Africa". Date: Tuesday 20 April 2010 Time: 16:15 for 16:30 until 18:00 Venue: Jan Smuts House, East Campus, University of Witwatersrand, RSVP: Please reply to Ndumi Nqunqa Tel: (011) 339 2021 ext 117
Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Do oil and democracy mix?

The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch, invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Dr Kathryn Sturman speaking on  "Do oil and democracy mix? Africa's oil boom and consequences for governance" at 5:00 for 5:30 pm.
The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Tanja Hichert speaking on 'Driving Forces and Trends Shaping the Future of Southern Africa's Agriculture' at 5:00 for 5:30 pm
The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Tanja Hichert on  'Driving Forces and Trends Shaping the Future of Southern Africa's Agriculture'.
SAIIA Research Report, No 7, February 2010  Download - English [.pdf] (1.27 MB) Despite its relatively nascent operations, commercial mining is becoming a significant contributor to the Tanzanian economy and has the potential to become more so. While mining’s contribution to Tanzania’s gross domestic product (GDP) is a relatively modest 2.3%, its export value constitutes some 45% of foreign earnings. Moreover, the government has set a target for the sector of a 10% contribution to GDP by 2025. Africa’s third-largest gold producer after South Africa and Ghana, Tanzania is also endowed with significant diamond, gemstone and nickel deposits.
SAIIA Research Report, No 6, February 2010 Download - English [.pdf] (3.23 MB) The Southern African Development Community (SADC) region offers useful lessons about governance in transboundary river basins. Given the high number of rivers that cross international political boundaries in the region, combined with the fact that the SADC Water Protocol provides a regional legal framework around which to develop robust water resources governance systems, this report shows how institutions grow incrementally over time. The global norm is that most transboundary rivers that have more than two riparians are governed by a regime that does not include all riparian states.
SAIIA Research Report, No 5, February 2010  Download - English [.pdf] (672.23 kB) Governance of Africa's Resources Programme This case study of marine fisheries governance in Tanzania forms part of a three-year project entitled Strengthening the Governance of Africa’s Natural Resources conducted by the Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme of SAIIA. Funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it aims to make a significant input into policy governing the exploitation and extraction of Africa’s natural resources by assessing existing governance regimes and suggesting alternatives to targeted stakeholders.
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 55, February 2010
South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) & Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD) invite you to a conference on ‘Networking for Natural Resource Governance in Africa: Towards a Regional Approach’Venue: Alisa Hotel
The conference will bring together participants from local and regional think tanks, academics, MPs, government, corporate and international experts to present comparative perspectives on natural resource governance in Africa. Lessons may be learned from the governance of oil and other extractive industries, such as mining and timber, from Ghana, South Africa, Angola, Tanzania, Uganda and Sudan.