Africa

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Do Ugandan Mining Companies Ignore the Social License to Operate? Reflecting on Community Perspectives

During a recent civil society consultative meeting held in Karamoja sub-region in North Eastern Uganda to discuss with locals the review of mining law and policy in Uganda, participants from the community made cynical statements about mining operations in the region: One participant stated; “As we talk here trucks and trucks ferry marble and the people of…

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Botswana: The Corruption Exception

Once annually, Transparency International, a non-governmental organization that monitors corporate and political corruption in international development, releases a study referred to as the Corruption Perception Index (CPI). The CPI, which was first launched in 1995, ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. The information gathered to create…

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Burkina Faso: The (In)Significant Coup

West Africa often makes international headlines, rarely with positive news. Recent stories include: French intervention in Mali following a coup and a separatist conflict; the rise of Boko Haram in Nigeria; oil theft and environmental degradation in the Niger Delta; piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea; civil war in Côte d’Ivoire; and…

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Ebola’s Rippling Consequences

The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the latest numbers: 4,922 deaths due to Ebola as of October 23, 2014. This number reflects nearly half of the known cases – 49% to be exact – in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Nigeria, Mali, United States, and Spain with 99.7% of the confirmed deaths from Liberia, Guinea…

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