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Managing Natural Resources: Should we Really Listen to People?

Managing Natural Resources: Should we Really Listen to People? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Few would argue against the need for policymakers to listen to people’s views when it comes to the good management of natural resources. Indeed, if there is one thing that has been stressed from the countless global experiences of mismanagement, it is the need to involve citizens in decision-making processes.   Consequently, the publishing of data is a key agenda for multilateral agencies as well as NGOs. Access to information, including contracts and sharing agreements, is considered best practice. The direct distribution of some of the cash revenues from natural resources to citizens is also often recommended as a means to fight poverty more effectively and increase accountability of decision-makers and politicians. These are good principles based on participatory processes that form the backbone of democracy. It is close to 18 months since massive reserves of natural gas were found in the south of Tanzania. Two industry giants (British Gas and Statoil) have already arrived in the country. The authorities, with the support of development partners, are busy trying to get all the right measures in place so Tanzania doesn’t suffer the well-known ‘natural resource curse’.   But does anyone know what Tanzanians really want and expect in terms of management of natural resources?
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Why beekeepers need to know about prices, taxes and marketing | BTC Tanzania

Why beekeepers need to know about prices, taxes and marketing | BTC Tanzania | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Good honey deserves a good price – Since 2007 the Belgian Development Cooperation and the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources help beekeepers in the Kigoma region, Western Tanzania. The quality of the honey produced in the region has been improved. Beekeepers in Kigoma are now capable of producing high-quality honey and of packaging and labelling it.

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L'Equateur donne son feu vert à l'exploitation du parc Yasuni

L'Equateur donne son feu vert à l'exploitation du parc Yasuni | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Le Congrès a autorisé l'exploitation de pétrole dans la réserve cette réserve amazonienne, au grand dam des associations indigènes et écologistes qui souhaitaient un référendum.
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Infographic: Africa's natural resource wealth

Infographic: Africa's natural resource wealth | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Newly released Africa Progress Report says some foreign companies are avoiding taxes when they exploit resources.
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How Mozambique is anticipating the resource curse

How Mozambique is anticipating the resource curse | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Interesting article on how Mozambique and several other countries are trying to avoid the fate of the "resource curse" following discoveries of coal and gas within their territories. Will be very interesting to see if such self-conscious awareness of the potential for conflict can be addressed through early institutional planning.
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Duurzaamheid en Conflict in Peru | Blog van Kim Claes

Duurzaamheid en Conflict in Peru | Blog van Kim Claes | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
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Op de blog van BTC schetst junior assistent Kim Claes de context van Prodern, een programma in Peru dat economische ontwikkeling probeert te verzoenen met duurzaam milieubeheer. In een cocktail van sociale en etnische conflicten, demografische explosie en klimaatverandering.

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DRC’s future is in the hands of its Parliament

DRC’s future is in the hands of its Parliament | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

For many years, the enormous wealth of natural resources in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has added fuel to the fire of conflict, serving primarily to enrich elites and warring parties. Meanwhile, many of the country’s citizens struggle to afford a meal a day.

The dangers posed by a lack of transparency in DRC government affairs were thrown into stark relief last year when the Africa Progress Panel estimated that the DRC lost out on at least U.S $1.36 billion when mining concessions were sold off in secret between 2010 and 2012. This is equivalent to almost double the DRC’s annual spending on health and education.

Senior figures in the DRC administration have promised greater transparency and better governance in the oil and mining sectors. During its current session, the DRC Parliament is set to consider crucial laws on how the DRC’s oil and mineral riches will be managed.

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Africa: Making the most of its natural resources

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Today’s post by Jan Rielaender, an economist at the OECD Development Centre, marks the launch of the African Economic Outlook 2013. Africa has made tremendous progress over the last 13 years, going from “hopeless” to “aspiring”, in the words of The Economist. Certainly, Africa’s pace of growth has been impressive, averaging 5.1% of GDP per year – much faster than most OECD countries.
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People & Power - Congo's Tin Idea

South Kivu in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is both infamous for its vicious and seemingly never-ending civil conflict and envied for its vast natural resources. These abundant minerals-- from tin to coltan - are in huge international demand; vital to the economies of the developed world as key components in high-tech electronic consumer goods, from laptops and tablets to smart phones and flat screen TVs. But this demand has also helped make these strategically important metals a key driver of the endemic conflict in this part of the country -- violence that has led to the deaths of nearly six million in over a decade.
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Full Extent of Africa’s Groundwater Resources Visualized for the First Time

Full Extent of Africa’s Groundwater Resources Visualized for the First Time | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Until now, there has been a lack of solid, comprehensive spatial data about African groundwater resources.  Researchers have now done so.  For a more academic article on the subject, here are their findings in Environmental Research Letters. 

 

 


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