Publications

  • The Public-Private Sector Dialogue on Mining Governance in Ghana series

    For more than a century, Ghana, a mineral-rich country, has been engaged in the production of solid minerals for export. The country is the second largest producer of gold in Africa after South Africa, the third-largest African producer of aluminum metal and manganese ore, and a significant producer of bauxite and diamond. However, there have been concerns that revenues from the exploitation of mineral resources have not been managed well over the years, and have therefore not resulted in social and economic development of the country, particularly for mine-impacted communities. The enactment of the Petroleum Revenue Management Act (PRMA) 2011 (Act 815) piqued interest in the management of resource revenues in general and mineral ...
  • Sustainable Resource Series: Mining and the Social Environment in West Africa

    Investment in extractive industries remains the most important driver of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Africa. And with it comes high expectations. Yet where mining and mineral extraction operations occur in remote rural areas, their environmental impact continues to be closely associated with poverty. Dealing with this appropriately requires recognizing the poverty–environment nexus and the role of natural resources as the “GDP of the poor”. Innovative solutions for Africa include the use of community-based resource management and governance arrangements such as bio-cultural community protocols. When considering social aspects associated with the environmental impacts of the extractive industry, it is useful to acknowledge ...
  • Sustainable Resource Series: Human Rights in the MOG Sector in West Africa

    The absence of an effective human rights framework has been a significant contributing factor to the low levels of sustainable development in several natural resource rich states. Like weak governance and corruption, a poor human rights record undermines the relationships between governments and their citizens, particularly in contexts where government revenues are generated primarily through resource rents. A poor human rights record also affects the ability of governments to develop effective private sector partnerships with multinationals or raise project finance through institutions like the World Bank. Many multinationals are wary of entering into partnerships that could expose them to legal and reputational risk or that may, by ...
  • Sustainable Resource Series: Business Ethics in West Africa’s MOG Sector

    Sustainable development in Africa has increasingly become tied to the continent's ability to compete in global markets, develop its internal resources, and grow local businesses that generate wealth, provide employment, and create economic opportunity. With natural resources extraction and processing driving this process in many countries, business ethics has become an important determinant of success of African ambitions for sustainable development, particularly surrounding project finance procurement and access to global markets. Click the links below to read more: Business Ethics: Challenges and Opportunities in the Mineral, Oil, and Gas Sector in West Africa Ethiques Des Affaires: Defis Et Opportunites Dans Les Secteurs ...
  • Will Africa Keep Booming or Collapse Again? Here’s How to Create Our Own Future

    In a recent op-ed in The East African, ACET President, K.Y. Amoako reflects objectively on Africa's present reality, and visualizes a self-determined Africa of the future.   There are four areas where “low-hanging fruit” can be harvested. Promoting labour-intensive manufacturing, adding value to agriculture, improving governance and management of the extractives sector and boosting tourism. (Illustration/John Nyagah)   Next week, over 2,000 people from around the world will gather in Kigali for the African Development Bank’s Annual Meeting. Among those attending will be finance ministers and central bank governors from the Bank’s 54 regional member countries, along with representatives of development ...