Political parties can help ensure that their country gets the best deal for the extraction of its resources, manages revenues for the long-term best interests of citizens and avoids the resource curse.
Last week the mining industry held the African Mining Indaba, its annual sector meeting in Cape Town. Concurrently, civil society organizations from across the region met for the ninth annual Alternative Mining Indaba (AMI).
Journalists confront informal and regulatory obstacles. In many cases, private companies and the government prevent media from accessing existing sources of free information. This may take the form of lengthy response times, publicly exposing information requests and managing the approval of how information is presented publicly.
NRGI set out to collect total oil, gas and mining revenue data for the countries included in the Resource Governance Index to find out how many dollars flow to governments that mismanage the handling of their natural resources.
NRGI is publishing case studies on South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia that describe alternative legal and institutional mechanisms that these countries have put in place to control the price of mineral exports, operational and capital expenditures, and the cost of debt.
With Roshelle Ramfol of the Durban University of Technology and Thomas Lassourd of the Natural Resource Governance Institute. Filmed at the NRGI-Central European University School of Public Policy course Reversing the Resource Curse: Theory and Practice in April 2016.