Jan 24th: GOOD NEWS, Congo’s Decision to Suspend Passage of Oil Bill through Parliament

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cabreraletelier/3717642877/sizes/m/ Lire en français Congo has suspended the passage of a controversial oil bill through parliament, in order to allow more time for consultation. It has been criticised by MPs in Congo, donor governments, UNESCO and campaigners, including Global Witness, for failing to include strong anti-corruption or environmental protection measures. “The decision to suspend the… Read More

ASADHO – African Association for the Defense of Human Rights denounced the manipulation of justice by the company SOCO EP-DRC

The African Association for the Defence of Human Rights, ASADHO denounces the manipulation of the Congolese justice system by the oil company SOCO EP-RDC SARL in the case between the company and its former employees BOGOLI BOKELAKELA Olivier, Georges LUBUNGU NGATSHU and Gustave Ngalamulùme BANTU that were unlawfully dismissed from their duties. COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE… Read More

Uganda’s oil: lessons on governance and the resource curse

The successes and failures of other oil producing countries show that technical expertise can take you only so far. Good legislation can be rapidly undermined by bad governance. . “The domination of Ugandan politics by a single party, and increasingly by President Museveni, has undermined civil society” Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters As fresh column inches… Read More

OIL IN AFRICA PART TWO: Can DR-Congo avoid the Libyan Revolution?

Since the 1970’s resource rich countries in the developing world have consistently underperformed resource poor countries when it comes to economic growth, income inequality and good governance. What if the best and only solution will be to: KEEP THE OIL IN THE SOIL? Looking back at 2013-2016 (SV) OPTION A Extract from the AfDB report:… Read More

OIL IN AFRICA PART ONE: What makes Botswana different?

With the recent oil discoveries in Africa, the region is emerging as one of the key areas for oil exploration. Despite the oil and gas wealth not many countries in the African continent have been able to benefit from it.  Oil in Africa has become a curse. Botswana is the only country in the continent that… Read More