Launch and Discussion: Mineral Governance Barometer

April 18th, 2017
The Mineral Governance Barometer

Join us as we launch this first issue, which focusses on the regulatory frameworks and on states’ capacities to implement policies and manage the mining and extractives sector.

Date:       Wednesday, 19th April 2017

Time:       10h30 – 12h30 (followed by lunch)

Venue:     OSISA Boardroom, President Place, Rosebank

Speaker:  Professor Rod Alence

Southern Africa is rich in natural resources and has significant reserves of several of the world’s most strategic minerals like gold, platinum, diamonds, chrome, manganese, copper, uranium, nickel, and cobalt. How these mineral resources are managed has implications for development outcomes and the fight against poverty, inequality, and unemployment. Extractive industries represent a potential source of wealth for development of Southern African Development Community (SADC) economies and a variety of benefits, including industrialisation through value addition to minerals; job creation; export earnings, technology and skills transfer.

Many initiatives exist to promote good governance in the extractive industries. Unfortunately, for most of the SADC countries, mineral extraction and trade are not bringing benefits. The problem is multidimensional and spans the entire chain of production and commercialisation including: Weak state institutions; insufficient knowledge of the quality and quantity of minerals; weak contract negotiation capability; corruption; weak labour, social and environmental protection; unpredictable and weak fiscal regimes, and weak community engagement and protection.

Professor Rod Alence is an Associate Professor of International Relations and an Associate in the Centre for Africa’s International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand.  He has worked extensively in Africa and serves on the Advisory Committee of the African Social Science Research Initiative.  He jointly edited the report with Professor Rob Mattes, a Professor of Political Studies and Co-Director of the Afrobarometer, a regular survey of public opinion in 18 African countries.

will publish a research report every two years that systematically and comprehensively assesses progress made by SADC countries towards good governance of their mineral resources by interrogating the effectiveness of mineral and economic governance in all SADC countries.