resources for transformation

Africa's Resource Future

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The Dog that Didn't Bark: The Missed Opportunity of Africa's Resource Boom

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Africa's Resource Export Opportunities and the Global Energy Transition

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Mining and the Quality of Public Services : The Role of Local Governance and Decentralization

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How Did Africa's Prospective Petroleum Producers Fall Victim to the Presource Curse ?

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One Rule Fits All? Heterogeneous Fiscal Rules for Commodity Exporters When Price Shocks Can Be Persistent : Theory and Evidence

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Resource-Backed Loans in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Harnessing oil, gas and minerals for Africa’s economic transformation under changing global conditions


Africa's relationship with its extractive industries, i.e. oil, gas and mining, is underpinned by economic, policies and development outcomes.  The economics are being shaped by changing demand and supply from old and new trade partners, new resource discoveries, depleting reserves, climate change, boom and bust price cycles and challenges government face capturing and spending the revenues derived from resource production.  New mining codes, local content regulations, carbon pricing and energy subsidy reduction initiatives, industrial policies, sovereign wealth funds, labor charters and infrastructure-sharing agreements are some of the laws and policies announced and implemented in recent years.  Very few countries have made headway in investing the vast windfalls into physical and human capital assets while most countries in the region have failed to capitalize on price booms to accelerate economic transformation.

The study is divided into three main chapters:

I. Overview chapter - Africa's Resource Future.

II. The state of extractives in Africa.

III.  Commodities super cycle.

IV.  Ongoing and emerging structural conditions affecting extractives in Africa.

V.  Agenda for Africa's resource future.