1st Edition

Geological Resources and Good Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa Holistic Approaches to Transparency and Sustainable Development in the Extractive Sector

Edited By Jürgen Runge, James Shikwati Copyright 2011
    292 Pages
    by CRC Press

    292 Pages
    by CRC Press

    This book looks at the distribution, occurrences, potential and prospects for good governance, transparency and sustainable development of geological resources in Sub-Saharan Africa. By bringing together numerous different point of views, it is carried out in a holistic, interdisciplinary and scientific way.

    The states of Sub-Saharan Africa are among the world’s most resource-rich regions – yet many of these countries are a long way from attaining their development potential – some are among the least developed in the world. Paradoxically, those countries that are most richly endowed with resources are often the least developed ("paradox of plenty"). This phenomenon is exacerbated in many African countries by inadequate governance; and yet, if the state is unable to provide basic services, the application of social and environmental standards in the extractive and processing sectors will not be effective.

    The idea for this volume was conceived during an international conference of the Commission de la Communauté Economique et Monétaire de l’Afrique Centrale (CEMAC) on ‘Geological Resources and Good Governance in Central Africa’ held in September 2009 in Yaoundé, Cameroon. International experts from the political, scientific and private sectors, along with civil society, came together and discussed the various demands being placed on good governance and transparency in the Sub-Saharan raw materials sector and the prerequisites that must be met, and considered how to seek answers to future challenges. New forms of inter-sectorial, transnational governance like the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and civil society’s transparency movements like Publish What You Pay (PWYP) offer ways to take account of all the different stakeholder interests in the resources sector. In this book there is also a strong focus on artisanal mining, on gender and on the spread of HIV/AIDS in the mining sector.

    This publication is addressed to stakeholders in the field, including civil society, international and private development agencies, planners, politicians and decision makers; as well as to researchers such as earth scientists, economists, jurists and political scientists.


    Holistic approaches to transparency and sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Background and objectives; J. Runge & J. Shikwati

    Geological resources and governance
    How geological resources can aid Africa’s development; J. Shikwati
    An overview of geological resources in Sub-Saharan Africa: Potential and opportunities for tax revenue from the extractive sector; P. Buchholz & M. Sturmer
    Transparency and the value chain in extractive industries in Central Africa; A. Bomba Fouda
    Investments in the mining industries for sustainable development; E.P. Ambomo
    International approaches to improve resource governance in Africa; M. Schnell & M. Grosmann

    Case studies
    Uganda’s oil boom: Potential and risks; H.G. Babies & B. Pfeiffer
    World Bank’s failure in Chad-Cameroon oil project; G. Ngarsandje
    Turning the curse into a blessing: A convenient Illusion. Lessons from the Nigerian EITI process; M. Muller
    Geological resources and transparency in the Central African commodities sector—examples from Equatorial Guinea and the Central African Republic; J. Runge
    Whither communities? Restorative justice in the Tiomin Kenya Ltd. titanium mining case; C.A. Khamala
    Good governance, transparency and regulation in the extractive sector; S.V. Rungan, C. Musingwini & H. Mtegha
    The impact of EITI and the role of civil society in Africa in promoting and advancing transparency in the extractives sector; M.-A. Kalenga & members of the EITI International Secretariat
    Investment in extractive industries and sustainable development in Central Africa; Z. Tourere

    Regional approaches and activities of the private sector (companies)
    Regional organisations’ approach to mining and exploitation in Sub-Saharan Africa; H. Mtegha, C. Musingwini, S.V. Rungan & O. Oshokoya
    Instruments and experiences to improve resource governance in a multinational context—cooperation with the Commission of the Economic and Monetary community of Central Africa (CEMAC); J. Runge
    Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Cameroon; E. Dibeu
    Rating the social and environmental quality of commodities; R.D. Hasler

    Artisanal mining, gender and HIV/AIDS
    Artisanal mining activity—a benefit or a burden for sustainable development in Central Africa? A. Bomba Fouda
    Institutional aspects of artisanal mining in forest landscapes, western Congo Basin; J. Schure, V. Ingram, J.C. Tieguhong & C. Ndikumagenge
    Legal and fiscal regimes for artisanal diamond mining in Sub-Saharan Africa: Support for formalisation of artisanal diamond mining in Central African Republic; J. Hinton, E. Levin & S. Snook
    Reflections on capacity building for women in small-scale mining within the CEMAC zone; I. Boukinda & J. Runge
    Best practices working in partnership in response to HIV and AIDS in mine site Lake Zone in Tanzania; L. Ndeki, P. Sekule, K. Kema & F. Temu
    HIV/AIDS in the informal mining sector evidenced by rapid antibodies tests—the Bossoui village case study (Lobaye, Central African Republic); J. Runge & C. Ngakola

    Conclusion: The urgent need to include African people—where do we go from here? J. Shikwati & J. Runge
    Author index
    Colour plates


    Jürgen Runge is a Professor of Physical Geography and Geoecology at the Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany. As an environmentalist and consultant he has worked for many years on the evolution of tropical landscapes and former and recent climate changes in lower latitudes. He is the editor of the series “Palaeoecology of Africa” and a member in several scientific editorial boards. The outcome of his studies has been used for regional planning (e.g. remote sensing, land use, infrastructure projects and management of natural resources). From 2007-2010 he was working for the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) leading a subregional project on geological resources, transparency and good governance in Central Africa (CEMAC, Communauté Economique et Monetaire de l’Afrique Centrale).

    James Shikwati is a Geographer and Economist and the founder and managing director of the Inter Region Economic Network (IREN) in Nairobi, Kenya. He is an internationally recognized expert for economic and development problems in African countries and has been mainly working on trade, environment and agriculture. He is also the editor of the online magazine "The African Executive". In 2008 Shikwati was appointed by the world economic forum to be one of the most influential ‘Young Global Leaders’