Momentum Rises to Lift Africa’s Resource Curse

By Kofi Annan
Across Africa, oil, gas and minerals are being discovered more often than ever before. Nowhere is the global commodities boom being felt more acutely. Over the next decade, billions of dollars will flow into countries previously starved of financial capital. Used wisely, these natural resource revenues could lead to sustainable economic growth, new jobs and investments in health, education and infrastructure.

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SADC Heads of State Summit in Maputo: Ignoring People Driven Development as Usual

President Zuma was hob knobbing at the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Heads of State Summit in Maputo while our country went up in flames a fortnight ago. Sadly, the 32nd Session of the SADC Summit turned out to be just another uninventive event where governments discussed more of the same – economic growth driven by the extraction of natural resources and infrastructure development to facilitate the expansion of corporate

The Link Between the Environment, Poverty and Development in South Africa

A 2011 World Bank study estimates that environmental wealth accounts for 26 percent of the total wealth of low-income countries. This is contrasted with 13 percent of wealth in middle-income countries and only 2 percent of wealth in OECD countries. Therefore, investing in sound and equitable environmental management makes good economic sense and is essential to fight poverty because people in developing countries depend directly on natural

Rethinking the GMO Revolution – Matters Here and There

Since the avalanche of what has become known as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Africa, there have been many red flags from researchers, farmers, environmental workers and Non Governmental Organisations. GMOs became a subject of discussion in the last decade or so attracting many arguments by the proponents for its beneficial properties as well as the potential for changing the face of agriculture on the continent.

Economic Partnership Agreement and SADC: The controversy continues

To say the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) negotiations have been bedevilled by controversy is an understatement. Most African countries have expressed concern on the missing development links within EPAs. To date, only 10 of the 47 countries involved in the negotiations have signed an EPA. A further nine countries have initialled EPAs but have delayed signing them. EJN’s Programmes Manager, Percy F. Makombe gives an update on the contentious issues around the EPA negotiations.

Extractive Industries and Climate Change

It can no longer be neglected that climate change is occurring at an accelerated rate due to human influences. It is therefore key to understand the ecological debt debates and how they link to climate change. This paper seeks to explain exactly that and was written by Patrick Bond, the Director of Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal. This paper is published by the Economic Justice Network through the support of TrustAfrica. TrustAfrica works with partner organizations in all five sub regions of Africa and the Diaspora.