Publications

  • Sustainable Resource Series: Accountability in the MOG Sector in West Africa

    In recent years, West Africa has experienced sustained high growth rates, especially in the minerals, oil, and gas (MOG) producing countries, and has outperformed the other African sub-regions. However, this has not been translated into sustainable development due in part to shortcomings in accountability and transparency. In contrast, some resource-rich countries that have shown high degrees of accountability and transparency in the management of their revenues and have used them to foster ....
  • Sustainable Resource Series: Mining and the Environment in West Africa

    Globalization and demand from major markets are driving growing interest for resource extraction in Africa. This includes demand for infrastructure materials and metals used in information and communications technologies. Technological advances are also making resource extraction in previously inaccessible parts of remote areas easier. Consequently, Africa is seen as a growth region, accounting for 10% of today’s mine production and 15% of investments in the project pipeline. Yet access to n....
  • African Transformation Report

    Our report’s main premise is that African economies need more than growth—if they are to transform, they need growth with DEPTH. That is, they need to Diversify their production, make their Exports competitive, increase the Productivity of farms, firms, and government offices, and upgrade the Technology they use throughout the economy—all to improve Human well-being. Click here to read more about the report.
  • Sustainable Resource Series: Good Governance in the MOG Sector in West Africa

    Resource-rich countries in West Africa have seen remarkable economic growth as of late, partly due to mineral, oil, and gas (MOG) revenues. Future growth is imminent, too, with Ghana's and Nigeria’s GDPs projected to grow by more than 8% in 2014. The extractive sector accounted for 56% of Ghana's exports in 2011, and government revenues from the sector were reported at US$940 million. In 2011, oil and gas represented 95% of Nigeria’s exports, and the government's revenues from the sector wer....
  • The Soybean Value Capture Opportunity in Africa

    Soybean is the world’s most important, most traded oilseed. Processed, it is a source of high-quality, high-protein animal feed in the poultry and pork industries—and a source of edible oil.There is also a growing market for human consumption of processed soy, such as corn-soy blend, which offers a low-cost source of protein.
    Africa, a net importer of both soybean and processed soy products, has the capacity to produce substantial soybean volumes. Although major soybean-producing and -pro....