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Is Community-Based Natural Resource Management in Botswana Viable?

Posted by on Apr 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If Botswana is to continue its success story as an African anomaly, it will have to manage its transition to a less diamond-dependent economy skilfully. Until alternative and new sources of economic growth can be found, eco-tourism will be the keystone sector. If well governed, tourism can sustainably provide livelihood opportunities while contributing to wildlife and biodiversity preservation. An important component of its success is the extent to which local communities benefit from it and are central to management decisions....

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Position Paper on Key Mining Reforms in Zimbabwe

Posted by on Dec 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The emerging resource governance thinking emphasise norms, institutions and processes that determine how power and responsibilities are exercised, how decisions are taken and how citizens participate in the management of resources to enhance transparency in the co-production of development outcomes. Sound natural resources governance, characterised by transparent and accountable governance policy and legislative frameworks, is increasingly seen as vital in contributing to national development. This section engages policy and legal instruments...

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How Ghana’s Oil Revenue Was Spent On Pro-poor Sectors and Road Infrastructure

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The scope of government revenues since the production of oil and gas in commercial quantities in 2010 has changed with over $2 billion in receipts. Petroleum revenues have hence; become a complementary funding source for Ghana’s Annual budgets. This development has been timely in the face of declining Donor support, due to the country’s status as a Middle Income economy. However, oil find for any economy, can only contribute to its developmental agenda to the degree of commensurate prudent expenditure. Petroleum revenues, when allocated to...

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Mergers in Zimbabwe’s Diamond Sector Set To Evade Human Rights Due Diligence

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Diamond mining in Zimbabwe had been operating at a minimum level before the commencement of large scale alluvial diamond mining in Marange in 2010. According to Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) unpublished figures quoted in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report (2009), commercial diamond exports from Zimbabwe were paid 1.7 million in 2000 increasing to a peak of 44 million in 2005 before halving to 22.6 million in 2008.Significant contributions to diamond exports during this period came from Murowa Diamonds whose kimberlitic...

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Ensure Transparency in Uganda’s Oil Revenue Tracking: New Vision

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Currently Uganda boasts of over 6.5 billion barrels of Oil and the country is steadily moving into the production phase. However, a lot of criticisms have emerged from a broad range of stakeholders in Government and the public domain over the poor and week national financial system of the country and its ability to manage oil revenues in a corruption free and adhere to principles of transparent accountability. Of particular worry also has been the apparent failure of the Government of Uganda to disclose the negotiated oil deals (contracts)....

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La Maîtrise de Ressources Forestières de la RDC

Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Le patrimoine forestier de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) est immense et représente 10% des réserves forestières tropicales du monde, soit près de 50% des forêts denses d’Afrique et 60% des forêts du Bassin du Congo (WRI, 2010). Néanmoins,  la gestion des ressources forestières du pays est encore confrontée à la mauvaise gouvernance caractérisée par l’exploitation illégale et le commerce illicite de bois d’œuvre, le manque de moyens logistiques pour contrôler les activités des exploitants forestiers et de statistiques forestières...

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Epargne dans la Communauté des Artisans Miniers de Mungbalu, Rubaya et NyabibweKalimbi: Analyse des Initiatives Existantes, des Contraintes et des Stratégies de Sensibilisation

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

La RDC est l’un des pays africains le plus riches en ressources naturelles. Sa partie Nord-est est particulièrement connue pour ses gisements importants d’or alors que la partie Sud-est est dotée des gisements de Colombo Tantalite et de Cassitérite qui figurent parmi les plus importants au monde. Le secteur minier a toujours été le pilier de l’économie congolaise. Il représentait 75% des exportations, 25% des recettes fiscales et environ 25% du PIB. Bien qu’en perte de vitesse, ce secteur représente encore un de secteurs clés du pays. Le...

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Deregulation will end Petro Politics and Satisfy Ghana’s IMF Deal on Fuel Subsidies

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

‘Fuel Subsidies are back, quietly at $3m a week and could be more’, one of the most authoritative voices in the downstream petroleum sector in Ghana said to a second query by IMANI staff this week. IMANI had been informed by operators in the downstream sector two weeks ago of the introduction of subsidies.  This development is disturbing and has the potential of derailing a vital component of Ghana’s IMF’s bail out package whose full details were published by the IMF on Tuesday.  As part of remedial actions required by the IMF support...

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Empowering Communities to Acquire Certificates of Customary Ownership in Uganda

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

“This is my land” affirms a 70 year old Stephen Kisembo, a resident of Kakindo cell, Buliisa district as he narrates his ordeal while at a Bunyoro regional workshop on land rights on 17th April 2015 at Hoima Resort Hotel. He told the meeting that oil companies displaced him after discovering oil in his compound. “The land was given to me by my late uncle and therefore no one should have any claim over it. I lived on that land for over 40 years until the discovery of oil. I was displaced by the oil company on condition that they would pay me...

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Le Travail Des Enfants Dans Les Zones Minières de l’Est de la République Démocratique du Congo: Une Fatalité Ou Un Facteur de Développement?

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

L’exploitation minière a toujours constituée l’une des sources importantes du revenu de la République Démocratique du Congo. En 2010 par exemple, la contribution du secteur minier au PIB était estimée à 38,91% du PIB (FMI, 2013). La valeur de ressources minières de la RDC est estimée à environ 24 billions de Dollars (World Vision, 2013). Malgré cet immense potentiel minier, la RDC a occupé en 2013 le 186e et dernier rang du classement de l’indice de développement humain. Environ 87,7 % des Congolais vivent en dessous du seuil de pauvreté,...

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