British mining companies exploitation of Sierra Leone

LSE’s Bella M brings to light the practices of foreign mining companies in Sierra Leone. “Exploit and go love, that’s all we’re here to do, exploit and go.” As the supervisor (accompanied by two fellow engineers) working for London Mining uttered these words to me, I realised that the the word humane in the English language was wrongly constructed; some […]

December 23rd, 2013|Resources|7 Comments|

Can Africa become the new Persian Gulf?

LSE’s Raj Verma says West African oil is on the rise. A version of this article originally appeared on the LSE IDEAS blog. Oil prices have increased dramatically since the beginning of the new millennium due to high demand. From US$26 a barrel in 2000, oil prices peaked at approximately US$147 in 2008. Since then, prices have declined due to […]

December 19th, 2012|Resources|3 Comments|

VIDEO: LSE academic says the basic rights of humans should not be discarded in the race for the world’s resources

LSE’s Chaloka Beyani says that it is imperative that more thought is given to the needs of people who are forced to leave their homes by companies seeking to exploit the natural resources in their areas.

South Sudan’s ultimate goal should be to phase out its petroleum industry

As our series commemorating the first anniversary of the independence of South Sudan, LSE’s Dr Jason Hickel looks at how it can use its oil wealth to secure its future. This post was first published in the Africa Report. South Sudan will be celebrating the first anniversary of its independence on 9 July .  But the day’s revelry will be […]

July 4th, 2012|Resources|0 Comments|

Dambisa Moyo says China is ahead of the curve in the race for the world’s resources

As economist and author, Dambisa Moyo visited LSE to discuss her new book, Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What it Means for Us, she says it is time for the world to wake up to the fact that commodity scarcity is fast approaching and prepares to deal with it. Watch Dambisa Moyo’s lecture at LSE on Monday […]

July 3rd, 2012|Resources|1 Comment|

Book Review: African Awakening: The Emerging Revolutions

LSE’s Gary Blank reviews African Awakening: The Emerging Revolutions, published by Pambazuka Press, which also includes an article by LSE’s Lakhdar Ghettas. Recent moves to eliminate fuel subsidies in Africa’s most populous country awakened unprecedented protests among workers and youth, including a week-long, nationwide general strike. After months tracking the revolt in North Africa, media pundits inevitably looked southward in […]

February 8th, 2012|Book Reviews, Conflict|0 Comments|

Removal of Fuel Subsidies in Nigeria: is it Boko or Haram?

Ahead of the lecture by Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Dr Michael Amoah debates some of the recent big issues in the West African country, namely the removal of the fuel subsidy and subsequent backdown by the government as well as the escalation of the attacks by the Islamist group, Boko Haram. Dr Michael […]

New IGC Research looks at how Ghana can use its new-found oil wealth to stimulate growth

The International Growth Centre(IGC), based at LSE in partnership with University of Oxford, offers independent advice on economic growth to governments of developing countries. You can follow the IGC on Twitter @THE_IGC. In this post, Guido Rizieri looks at how Ghana can avoid the “Dutch Disease”? Ghana, a country known for its gold mines and cocoa, began producing oil from the offshore Jubilee field […]

January 3rd, 2012|Economics, Resources|0 Comments|

Saving Uganda from Its Oil

Dr Jason Hickel is a research fellow in LSE’s Department of Anthropology. In this post, Dr Hickel puts forward the steps Ugandan lawmakers must take to ensure that the country as a whole benefits from its petroleum reserves. This post originally appeared in Foreign Policy in Focus in June this year. In 2006, Uganda confirmed the presence of enormous commercial petroleum reserves around Lake Albert […]

November 25th, 2011|Resources|0 Comments|

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