Effective States and Inclusive Development

An excerpt from Governing Extractive Industries – Resource Extraction and Inclusive Development

22 August 2018   This exciting new book is drawn from ESID research on natural resource governance  that began in 2012. The book’s chapters cover: resource extraction and inclusive development, before looking at specific examples in Peru, Bolivia, Zambia and Ghana. Politica

New journal article on the politics of Ghana’s oil

17th July 2018 A new open access article by ESID researchers Giles Mohan, Kojo Asante and Abdul Gafaru Abdulai has just been published in New Political Economy. Ghana’s status as a new oil producer raises questions about the developmental effects of resources, and the role of politica

New book Governing Extractive Industries is available for open access!

2 July 2018   Last week we launched a new book, Governing Extractive Industries, at the DSA Conference and now it’s free to access here. By Anthony Bebbington, Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai, Denise Humphreys Bebbington, Marja Hinfelaar, and Cynthia Sanborn – Uses Latin America

Research on the political economy of Ghana’s oil is published in New Political Economy Journal

27 March 2018  ESID Research on the politics of governing Ghana’s oil has been published as an article, Party politics and the political economy of Ghana’s oil, in the New Political Economy Journal. The research first came out as a working paper. The article, by ESID resea

Drilling down into the drivers of extractive industry governance

Anthony Bebbington 4 July 2017         When a country discovers that it has valuable mineral deposits under its soil, some would say it had won the lottery. Putting aside the question of how and why it was that the country began looking for the minerals in the firs

Spotlight on an ESID expert : Anthony Bebbington

      3 July 2017 Professor Anthony Bebbington leads the ESID research programme on the politics of natural resources and inclusive development. He tells us here about his life and work, and why he challenges the notion of ‘development’.     What m

The politics of mining and the resource curse in Ghana

  Abdul Gafaru Abdulai 12 June 2017     Why are some mineral-dependent countries able to translate natural resource wealth into sustainable and inclusive development outcomes, while others often succumb to the resource curse or Dutch Disease? Most analysts argue that th

WATCH: What needs to happen about illegal mining in Ghana?

8 June 2017 Known as ‘galamsey’, illegal small-scale mining has really captured the attention of the media and the public in Ghana recently. It’s an urgent issue. The practice is poisoning the water and Ghana may need to import water in as little as three years time

FINDINGS: Competitive politics and the challenge of combating illegal mining in Ghana

1 June 2017 Dr Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai In the last three months, the Ghanaian media landscape has been dominated by discussions about the dangers of illegal mining. Although Ghana has had a formalised process for engaging in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) on a legal basis since t