Publications

  • Promoting Sustainable Rural Transformation – Uganda

    The Uganda  report is a synthesis of ACET's study of that country's value chains for cassava, cow, millet and sorghum. Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa with a total land area of 241,551 km, 17 percent of which is lakes and wetlands. The country has fertile soils and regular rainfall, making land its most important natural resource. Indeed, agriculture is the most important sector of the economy, employing more than 66 percent of the workforce. The sector contributed 25.9 percent of GDP and agricultural exports accounted for 48.5 percent of total exports that year. The agricultural sector is also the basis for most industrial activity in the country. About 85 percent of Ugandans live in rural areas and rely ...
  • Delivering Public-Private Partnership Benefits to Mining Communities in Ghana

    This working paper seeks to discuss key issues relating to the structuring of public-private partnerships to benefit communities in mining areas in Ghana, the role of the government (local, regional, national) and investors in financing and managing PPPs at the community level, who should be accountable for managing PPPs, what social and economic activities should community PPPs target, whose choice  it should be, and how  the public sector and mining companies ‘could structure investment and decision-making in PPPs to ensure sustainability beyond the life of mine. The paper has been funded by the Australian Government through the Australia-Africa Partnerships Facility (AAPF). The views and opinions presented in this working paper ...
  • Improving Governance of Artisanal and Small-scale Mining Sector in Ghana

    This working paper, Improving Governance of Artisanal and Small-scale Mining Sector in Ghana seeks to discuss key issues relating to regulating access to minerals in the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector, how small scale miners could co-exist with the large scale mining sector in mutually beneficial arrangements, protecting workers rights and impediments to enforcing globally accepted environmental practices in the ASM sector. The paper has been funded by the Australian Government through the Australia-Africa Partnerships Facility (AAPF). The views and opinions presented in this working paper are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the Australian ...
  • 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 ...