Sustainable Resource Governance

Since 2003, the Chatham House Africa Programme has informed thinking and decision-making on the role and governance of extractive resource industries in Africa.

Research focuses on revenue management, transparency of the extractive sector, and the linkages for poverty reduction and economic diversification in resource rich countries.

Oil and gas

The Africa Programme has built strong expertise and led several research projects focused in the established oil exporters in the Gulf of Guinea region, from Angola to Guinea.

The seminal work on crude oil theft in Nigeria examined evidence on the scale and method of the crime, and international options to stem the trade in stolen crude.

A report on oil in Uganda analysed international lessons for success in developing and managing the resource, while research on the impact of Asian National Oil Companies in Angola and Nigeria culminated in the report, Thirst for African Oil. This report is also available in Chinese(opens in new window) and Portuguese(opens in new window).

The Africa Programme has extended its network of expertise to cover the new oil frontiers in East and West Africa. In 2017, the Programme hosted HE Letícia Deusina da Silva Klemens, then Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy of Mozambique, and the following year welcomed HE João Baptista Borges, Angola’s Minister of Energy and Water; and Mankeur Ndiaye, President of Senegal’s National Committee for the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

Mining and minerals

The Programme hosts the ‘Diamond Dialogue’ series, in partnership with De Beers. Past events have focused on supply chain regulatory initiatives, beneficiation, and anti-money laundering.

Key issues and debates within the mining industry, including the relationship between companies and communities, are a focus of research and convening. A conference in Botswana examined the connection between natural resources and society, and the Programme has hosted discussions on mining and human rights in Eritrea and Zimbabwe and on mining and national development in Guinea.